Book Review: This Tender Land
My Rating: 5/5
I originally found this book because so many people had said it was their favorite of 2019, and after reading it, I can see why. This Tender Land is a fictional story based on many true events that happened throughout history, most not particularly pleasant and definitely not often talked about.
Set in 1932 in Minnesota, the book follows Odie, an orphan who attends the Lincoln Indian Training School, a Native American boarding school where hundreds of children are forcibly separated from their parents to be educated. This piece of history was enough to have me researching for hours, discovering some harsh truths about the realities many Native families had to suffer through during this period of time.
Forced to eventually flee the school, Odie and three other orphans go on an epic journey through the countryside, each trying to find something along the way that will fill in what they are missing. The adventures and trials the friends must go through will at times weigh heavily on your heart while other times will make you sigh with relief. At almost 500 pages, it’s not for the faint of heart, BUT with this level of detail the story will become deeply imbedded in your mind forever.
With vivid descriptions and great historical accuracies, the author truly made history come alive, and created some amazing characters that you will feel like you really know. This story will shine bright in your imagination until the very end, making you never forget about Odie O’Banion and his journey to find home on this tender land.