This Tender Land

Now In Paperback

Praise for This Tender Land

New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Indie Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
#1 Indie Next Pick for September
Library Reads Selection for September
Book of the Month September Selection

“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land by best-selling author William Kent Krueger. The story is as big-hearted as they come”

PARADE

“If you’re among of the millions (no hyperbole!) who raced through Where the Crawdads Sing this year and are looking for another expansive, atmospheric American saga, look to the latest from Krueger (Ordinary Grace), set in the Great Depression and centered on four young loners forced to set off on their own.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Part Grapes of Wrath, part Huckleberry Finn, Krueger’s novel is a journey over inner and outer terrain toward wisdom and freedom…Like Ordinary Grace, it is a compelling tale told through the eyes of a boy who translates the world in all its beauty and meanness and emerges hopeful on the other side”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

This Tender Land is rich with graceful writing and endearing characters.”

Denver Post

“Lively . . . Krueger’s enjoyable riff on The Odyssey will satisfy fans of American heartland epics.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Richly imagined and exceptionally well plotted and written, the novel is, most of all, a compelling, often haunting story that will captivate both adult and young adult readers.”

BOOKLIST

“A book you won’t own. It will own you. Long, sprawling, and utterly captivating, readers will eat up every delicious word of it.”

NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

This Tender Land is a moving portrait of a time and place receding from the collective memory, but leaving its mark on the heart of what the nation has become.”

—Crime Reads

Behind the Writing of This Tender Land

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“Krueger skillfully combines the otherworldly setting of the Minnesota wilds with Native American lore to create a winning mystery with more than a few surprises.” —Publishers Weekly

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