An extremely well written book. I couldn't help but wonder if some of the events were autobiographical. I have not read such a moving book in a very long time. I gave this book 5 stars.
Told by 13 year old Frank Drum, a coming of age story, that takes place in New Bremen, Minnesota in 1961. After his father, Nathan, returned from the war, his career path changed, and he became a pastor. His livelihood returned them to the hometown of Frank's mother. It is a story of death, lies, secrets, and murder. It is the summer that Frank went from a young boy, to a young man. A summer that altered his life forever.
The author told a story that drew you in, and kept you from not wanting to put the book down. There were many sad moments throughout the book, and I kept a box of tissues near, but at the same time, uplifting. When Frank's father spoke at a funeral in the middle of the book, I was so moved, that I could hardly read through my tears. That chapter alone was exemplary. There were a couple, what you thought were predictable events, done in such a way that kept you turning the pages to find out if it really was going to happen. And then there were things that happened, that totally blew me away.
Long ago, I decided to quit purchasing books because I just had too many on my shelves, so I began to check them out from the library instead. This is a book I am going to purchase, to put on my shelf, because one reading isn't going to be enough. Rarely, if ever, do I read a book over, but this book is so exceptional, that I will be reading it again.
The only thing ~ is that I wish the author would have used a few more commas or reworded some of the sentences! Many times I had to reread the sentence because it didn't make sense! After while I became more accustomed to the author's style, but I still had that quizzical crease between my brow and had to read the sentence again in order for it to make sense. (And I can add the punctuation when I purchase my own copy!)
I loved this book, and will be recommending it to others.