This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

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ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

A Huckleberry Finn like odyssey set during the Great Depression, this novel follows the journey of four children, brothers Albert and Odie O'Banian,a Sioux Indian Mose, and orphan Emmeline Frost, who escape the hands of a cruel headmistress at an Indian Training School in North Dakota to paddle the Gilead River to the headway of the Mississippi River and find their way to the O'Banian boys home in St. Louis. Some of the people they encounter on their journey are evil and malicious while others are kind and considerate. Krueger gives us a portrait of the great destitute masses that camp in tents along the river or live in ramshackle huts in St Paul. Rebellious Odie learns to have faith in humanity and find the goodness in his own soul even when he feels he is not worthy of it.