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I just finished listening to the unabridged audio book version read by the author.
The various perspectives from which the novel is composed are a great strength because it can appeal to so many different kinds of readers.
The end of the novel is a bit rushed, though, and some of the conclusions seem a little convenient.
Had to read this book for my college English class. The book has depth and the character developments had many twists and turns. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brenda Fineburg
Our book club read this book. We all loved it! Understand it's being made into a movie. Can't wait to see it.Published 13 months ago by P. Graboski
An engaging story that somehow ends up very different from what I expected. The ending seems to happen all at once and sort of convenient to end the book - out of character with... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Georgie Cavitt
Set in the lake region of the Adirondacks, Tom Bailey's beautifully written first novel, The Grace That Keeps This World, began its life as a short story that Bailey, a creative... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Rick
Although I never read first novels, this was given to me by a friend and I was hooked at the first few pages, before I discovered it was a first novel. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by mama g
Full disclosure here. I listened to the book and perhaps that was a big mistake. The author read the book in a very monotone style. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Jeff Ross
I'm not a critic. I've not written a novel. I'm not entering into a covenant with every book I read with a detailed checklist in hand about the various literary elements I may or... Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Robin Galvin
This book is horrible drivel. I am shocked that Tom Bailey is a creative writing professor. Frankly, the run-on, meandering sentences were more than I could bear. Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by oreoshark1
The Grace That Keeps This World was originally written as a short story and, although I did not read it in that format, I think it might be better than the novel length story. Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by HelloKitty