This Tender Land

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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
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“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

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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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Theres a small town in northeastern Iowa called Decorah. It sits on the banks of the Iowa River, in a bowl formed by a meteor strike millions of years ago. It has an historic courthouse, a fine university—Luther—a lovely main street, and homes that glow with the comforting aura of the Midwest. If I didnt live in St. Paul, I’d probably live in Decorah.Coastal folks—East Coast, West Coast—tend to write off the Midwest as the Great Fly-Over. To me the Midwest is an agrarian jewel. The fields of corn stand high and every breeze creates a rustling whisper that sings to my soul. In strong winds, the soybean fields become rolling green seas. The people who live here are as intelligent, well-read, and insightful as you could hope to find anywhere. To write off this vast, lovely heartland as nothing but empty, flyover space is like ignoring diamonds strewn at your feet.We had one of the most enjoyable events of my entire book tour last night in Decorah, with nearly 150 people jostling for a seat in the event area of Impact Coffee. Tonight, Im in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, another jewel of the Midwest.Great Fly-Over, my heart is yours.

There's a small town in northeastern Iowa called Decorah. It sits on the banks of the Iowa River, in a bowl formed by a meteor strike millions of years ago. It has an historic courthouse, a fine university—Luther—a lovely main street, and homes that glow with the comforting aura of the Midwest. If I didn't live in St. Paul, I’d probably live in Decorah.

Coastal folks—East Coast, West Coast—tend to write off the Midwest as the Great Fly-Over. To me the Midwest is an agrarian jewel. The fields of corn stand high and every breeze creates a rustling whisper that sings to my soul. In strong winds, the soybean fields become rolling green seas. The people who live here are as intelligent, well-read, and insightful as you could hope to find anywhere. To write off this vast, lovely heartland as nothing but empty, flyover space is like ignoring diamonds strewn at your feet.

We had one of the most enjoyable events of my entire book tour last night in Decorah, with nearly 150 people jostling for a seat in the event area of Impact Coffee. Tonight, I'm in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, another jewel of the Midwest.

Great Fly-Over, my heart is yours.
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I write a lot abt outliers. Debuts that land 7-figs; books that break sales records. This story, abt the 20-year partnership bw @AtriaBooks & @WmKentKrueger, is a glimpse into how this biz actually works & the persistence it takes to make it as an author: https://t.co/HvR78GLdOz