William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.
Literary Adventure and the American West
Two renowned novelists discuss their latest works, historical tales set in the early 20th Century. Orphan children escaping on the Mississippi River and European immigrants in the Pacific Northwest search for new homes against the backdrops of the Great Depression, labor unionism, and a constantly changing America.
Thomas Mullen’s newest novel, Lightning Men, was named one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2017 by The New York Times. He’s the author of four other novels, including Darktown, an NPR Best Book of 2016, and The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction. The Darktown series is being developed for television by Amazon Studios, Sony Pictures, and executive producer Jamie Foxx.
This Tender Land
This Tender Land tells the story of four children – orphans all – who embark on a bold and dangerous journey during the summer of 1932. Our four vagabonds are held captive by a farmer driven mad by the loss of his family; they fall under the spell of a traveling tent revival ministry led by a charismatic woman with a gift for healing; they encounter Hooverville shantytowns, people of all backgrounds and beliefs, and are tested in every way possible. The book also explores an overlooked piece of American history – the Native American boarding schools that were a fixture around the United States until the 1960s. These were schools, rife with abuse and hardship, were where Native American children were sent to live apart from their families and communities, forced to assimilate into white culture. BUY THIS BOOK!