This Tender Land

On Sale September 3, 2019

Praise for This Tender Land

#1 Indie Next Pick for September!
Library Reads Selection for September

“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 novel that touches your soul and haunts your memory… Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn, and a tribute to classic American literature, readers should prepare to fall in love with Krueger’s cast of unforgettable children.”

—Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

This Tender Land is an epic story as big as the Mississippi River herself. William Kent Krueger has an extraordinary way with words and his storytelling pulls the reader in like a strong current. This vagabond saga has everything one could possibly want from a great work of fiction: thrills, danger, friendship, adventure, and an ending that leaves the reader sated and fulfilled. Anyone who likes to lose themselves in a great novel should get their hands on this work.”

— Mary O’Malley, Anderson’s Bookshop, LaGrange, IL

“Beautifully rendered and written.”

—Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

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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I spent my teen years in the valley of the Hood River, which lies in the shadow of Oregons magnificent Mount Hood. Its a valley filled with lovely fruit orchards, mostly apple and pear. In high school, I earned my spending money (and some of my college money) working in these orchards. I thinned and pruned and propped and picked. I bucked hay bales and set irrigation lines. I began at dawn and worked until near sunset, long days for a kid.An entire section of my new novel THIS TENDER LAND involves four orphans forced to work in a neglected orchard. Although the labor is demanding, eventually they come to see the beauty in hard work and how that investment of themselves connects them to the bounty that the land and the trees offer in return.I put a lot of myself, what I’ve learned across the years, into THIS TENDER LAND. It was a long labor, yes, but the bounty Ive already received in return has been worth all that effort.

I spent my teen years in the valley of the Hood River, which lies in the shadow of Oregon's magnificent Mount Hood. It's a valley filled with lovely fruit orchards, mostly apple and pear. In high school, I earned my spending money (and some of my college money) working in these orchards. I thinned and pruned and propped and picked. I bucked hay bales and set irrigation lines. I began at dawn and worked until near sunset, long days for a kid.

An entire section of my new novel THIS TENDER LAND involves four orphans forced to work in a neglected orchard. Although the labor is demanding, eventually they come to see the beauty in hard work and how that investment of themselves connects them to the bounty that the land and the trees offer in return.

I put a lot of myself, what I’ve learned across the years, into THIS TENDER LAND. It was a long labor, yes, but the bounty I've already received in return has been worth all that effort.
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I was just in Hood River, Oregon, for my 50th high school reunion. More beautiful place or nicer folks would be hard to find.

Rain Taxi welcomes MN crime novelist William Kent Krueger, author of This Tender Land, to the 2019 #TCBF on October 12, mark your calendar: https://t.co/kQzP1N4ila
@WmKentKrueger @AtriaBooks

Thank you to all the librarians @ALALibrary who made #ThisTenderLand by @WmKentKrueger a #LibraryReads pick for September! Enjoy this video below of William Kent Krueger sharing his favorite library story. And pre-order here: https://t.co/fCdAyq3xZJ