This Tender Land (Large Print / Paperback)
This is one of those novels where I hated to say goodbye to the characters at the end of the book.
This Tender Land takes place during the depression. It is the story of 4 orphan kids who runaway from an abusive orphanage (like a Charles Dickens Novel) and take to the river (like Huckleberry Finn) to find an Aunt who lives in St. Louis. Along the way they learn what family means, forgiveness, the meaning of faith and there really are good people in this world even if it doesn’t show itself at first.
Fans of Before We Were Yours should also enjoy this one.— Jill
September 2019 Indie Next List
“The work of a master storyteller about the making of a young storyteller, This Tender Land is a coming-of-age novel for the ages. It begins in an isolated Dickensian boarding school in Minnesota during the early years of the Depression, then morphs into the story of four runaways in a canoe à la Huckleberry Finn. On the run from their school headmistress and the law, they encounter other wanderers and escapees from life as they canoe towards St. Louis to find their only known relative and a possible home. Odie, his brother Albert, their schoolmate Mose, and newly orphaned Emmy are unforgettable characters in an unforgiving era. Epic, thrilling, and beautifully written, this is storytelling at its very best.”
— Renee Barker, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, IL
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This Tender Land is a modern classic that illuminates the desperate reality of a critical time in American history. I was immediately engaged in this epic story about four orphans who embark on a life-changing odyssey in search of freedom, safety, and family during the Great Depression. This Tender Land is a perfect novel for fans of Before We Were Yours and Where the Crawdads Sing. This novel is a must-read for all book clubs.”
— Eve Taben, Elm Street Books, New Canaan, CT