This Tender Land - William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land

By William Kent Krueger

  • Release Date: 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 2,695 Ratings



“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land...This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade

The unforgettable story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.

In the summer of 1932, on the banks of Minnesota’s Gilead River, Odie O’Banion is an orphan confined to the Lincoln Indian Training School, a pitiless place where his lively nature earns him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee after committing a terrible crime, he and his brother, Albert, their best friend, Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one summer, these four orphans journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.


  • Heartwarming tale

    By P03B4rkerK!ng
    Just the thing you needed but didn’t know it
  • Fabulous book

    By Mommasgame
    Great story, long but a quick read. Fell in love with all 4 kids
  • This Tender Land

    By Opie older
    A great read in the spirit of Huckleberry Finn.
  • Great!

    By DeAnna0218
    Loved it! Thank you for a great story!
  • This Tender Land

    By cmmm56
    Loved it from start to Finnish! Great weekend read!
  • Glad it was on sale.

    By t1046
    There’s not an original idea in this book. Couldn’t care less about the characters, I mean stereotypes. The good guys aren’t good and the bad guys aren’t bad. They are just there…word by word…daring me to finish. Awful. Can I get my 3 bucks back?
  • Thank you

    By Chasemax1
    I can visualize every scene in his description of the surroundings during the Vagabonds travels. What an enjoyable read. I am learning all about Minnesota and it’s, sometimes traumatic history.
  • Wow!

    By jkolmen50266
    What a wonderful mix of historic fiction. A tale that mixes the history of indigenous peoples with the orphans and underserved of the depression. A real page turner from the start. I loved reading it.
  • This Tender Land

    By Hugebass
    Could not put down. A new favorite.
  • Wonderful Story

    By Peter 14
    This is a great story expertly written by one with a grand imagination!