Grace by T. Greenwood


Every family photograph hides a story. Some are suffused with warmth and joy, others reflect the dull ache of disappointed dreams. For thirteen-year-old Trevor Kennedy, taking photos helps him make sense of his fractured world. His father, Kurt, struggles to keep a business going while also caring for Trevor’s aging grandfather, whose hoarding has reached dangerous levels. Trevor’s mother, Elsbeth, all but ignores her son while doting on his ...

Details Grace

Release DateApr 1st, 2012
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Grace

  • Michelle
    I’ve read all of T. Greenwood’s books, loved them all, and this is truly her most remarkable. The writing, the setting, the emotional stakes are all stunning. This starts out with tremendous power and the tension is kept throughout as we try to figure out how troubled teen Trevor gets to his current place (and what exactly this current place involves). Where I thought this book was going is not where it ended up and I mean that in the best po...
  • Carole
    4.5 stars. My first book by T. Greenwood, but not my last! Just bought her latest, Bodies Of Water. Her style reminds me a bit of my favorite authors, Diane Chamberlain or Amy Hatvany. They all develop their characters so well. This book had an ending different than what I expected.
  • Jackie
    Tammy Greenwood is a master at writing riveting family drama, and this book might just be her best yet. Kurt and Elsbeth have been together forever it seems, and they've fallen into a number of common traps--accidental pregnancy that canceled college plans, taking over Kurt's family business after his brother was driven out of town, his mother died and his father became ill. The recession and a refinanced mortgage that now involved a huge balloon...
  • Eyehavenofilter
    This was so hard to put down. Stories within stories. Going back a generation, from father to grandfather, lovel denied, twisted punishment. A father that cannot show love, one that withholds love. A boy, difficult from birth, obviously with issues gone ignored for years, awkwardly trying to find his place. Growing up to fast and without guidance. His own mother doesn't understand his needs or her own. And is often repulsed by his behavior.She sh...
  • Judy Collins
    This is my first book by T. Greenwood and it most definitely will not be my last! I look so forward to reading more from this author and reading her earlier books. (love the front cover image as pulls on you- to want to learn what is inside this door and family)The writing quality, the setting, the emotion was spectacular! The character development was excellent and complex. Readers will be drawn from the front cover to the back cover. Appears as...
  • Becky
    This book revolved mostly around Trevor, a young teenager who is going through typical mental & physical changes of the mind & body, yet he has no one to talk to who wants to help him or listen to him & maybe reassure him that some of these changes are "normal" & then add your classic case of bullying in there & there's a recipe for disaster.But there's much more to this story....Trevor's family may seem OK on the surface but there are cracks wit...
  • Jake
    T. Greenwood is a favorite of mine. Her prose is pitch-perfect and heart wrenching. She manages to capture the human experience with a keen eye. I cannot rave enough about her. Her latest novel, Grace, is no exception. We return to Two Rivers to meet the Kennedy's and a teenage mother who just gave up her baby for adoption. The way their worlds collide is significant, dramatic, and so real. Kurt is a lovable character. One thing about Greenwood i...
  • Shannon
    I read T. Greenwood's first novel over a decade ago, and since then I have always been anxiously awaiting her next. Her characters are always captivating and her story lines complex and heartwrenching. When I learned the premise of GRACE and later read a sample of the book, it heightened my anticipation of devouring the entire story. I had to know why the characters had come to the place I found them in the opening scene.Each of the interweaving ...
  • Amy
    This book was a page turner but I really wish she'd pared it down and made it a little less frenetic. There were too many "issues". For example, Kurt had an ARM that was turning into a balloon payment, a klepto wife who likes to party and shop online and dreams of a real vacation, a hoarder dad who needs to go into a nursing home, a bullied possibly gay son, a gay brother who was bullied by their father, and his business is failing.I think people...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 A dysfunctional family, though they don;t see themselves as such. The mother too wrapped up in her daughter and the father who doesn't seem to see or understand exactly what is son is going through. Felt so bad fr the character Kyle, though he did have a teacher who encouraged and became a sort of safe haven for the abuse he took at the hands of some of his schoolmates. Very well and touchingly written, this story has one of the most shocking...
  • Phyllis
    This was a tough read for me. The opening paragraphs tell of a father holding a gun to his teenage son's head. I was compelled to finish the book to find out why, otherwise I might have put it back on the shelf. There were too many characters with too many serious issues. I know we all have issues but if you can think of a major issue, someone in this book had it. They were all detached and didn't communicate with anyone but then in the end they ...
  • JudiAnne
    audiobookThere are several authors who write about family dynamics, Amy Hatvany, Jodi Picoult, Lisa Genova and T. Greenwood to name a few. This is the second book I’ve read by this author but she is right up there in my favorites who write contemporary novels. A family in crisis spiraling down into disaster pushed the limits of my comfort zone while pulling me deeper and deeper into the heart wrenching story of the Kennedy family. It got my att...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Heavy hard read for me. I will review it more later but I will say that Greenwood really touched the wounds of bullying and parenting. Having a son myself that has Asperger's (though this book is not about asperger's) I have experienced so much first hand therefore, her novel was a bit like salt in wounds. Wonderfully written, not just what Trevor is going through, but the hunger for something more, something better that so many 'grown ups' feel....
  • Suzanne
    I loved this book! A great story of human compassion, human flaws, and all that goes with each.Told from the viewpoint of a 13 year old boy, it reflects how actions can be misconstrued and should not always be judged prematurely. The effects of bullying can last forever and change one's personality and demeanor. Knowing what actually took place and the reasons for these actions, and then reading how they have been misinterpreted was very believab...
  • Kristen
    Story about a couple married at 17 when the girl became pregnant. They are now 30 and struggling to make ends meet and dealing with his father who has hoarding issues and their oldest son, who is being bullied at school. It made me think about all the people who struggle with these issues in real life and made me grateful for all I have been blessed with. I liked the way the couple in the novel was committed to their family, and the ending was ve...
  • Sari Thorpe
    Extremely well written. This story was so sad. I had conflicting emotions when I finished this book. It was defiantly hard to rate. I gave Grace four stars mainly because it was well written and hard to put down once I started it.
  • Diana
    Amazing book. I could not put it down. I was hooked from the first page. My heart broke for Trevor.
  • Brenda Vanwormer
    I couldnt put this down, raised all kinds of emotions in me. Had to pause and gasp once in awhile but the book never left my hands:))
  • wally
    1st from greenwood for me, paperback, 2012...there's a in memory of: followed by a list of 18 names...and all the other tragic casualties of hatred and intolerance.did a search of many of the names...most if not all names on the list are victims of bullying...most gay-bullying...suicides...although one was not portrayed as gay and i didn't search each name on the name showed up w/a girl suicide...the names seem to be all male...althoug...
  • Loretta Lee
    One of the best books I've read in years.
  • Sue Frances
    Amazing, from the first page to the last page I loved this book.
  • Stephanie Lawson
    What a story! I became so wrapped up in these characters. Like her other books a reader can find the rest of the world quietly run in the background while you find yourself immersed in the story. The book follows mostly Trevor a teenage boy who struggles at home, at school, and in his own mind. This was the third T. Greenwood book I've read and will be out looking for my fourth today!
  • Toni
    This is going to be a very mixed review. I was amazed at the quality of writing but disappointed in the story. Grace is a very heart wrenching story. It focuses on four character point-of-views, with their common link being Gracy, a beautiful vibrant little girl.• Kurt – Gracy’s father. He is hard working and struggling to keep his family healthy and happy. Now he also has to shoulder the problems of his ailing father.• Elsbeth – Gracy...
  • Sally Kruger
    Thirteen year old Trevor, his little sister Grace, and his parents Kurt and Elsbeth make up one side of this intricate story. On the other side is Crystal whose life took an unexpected turn when she became pregnant at seventeen.GRACE is written in a style that reminds me of books by Jodi Piccoult. Author T. Greenwood takes her readers deeply into the lives and minds of her characters as she gradually reveals their personal issues and their often ...
  • Kathy Jund
    A mesmerizing read which captures your attention from the opening chapter. Thoughts of what could have brought the “story” to this point run foremost in your mind. There is no choice but to read on and discover for yourself! A highly emotional journey in which the characters find themselves held prisoner by even their most simplistic of desires promises to keep the reader committed to turning the pages until all becomes clear, as snapshot in ...
  • Stacey Pagan
    Greenwood has written a heartrending story about a dysfunctional family living in a dysfunctional society. Once I started this novel I was unable to put it down! At times it was agonizing to read, knowing that Trevor was being bullied and picked on, yet it always turned out to be his fault. Knowing that he had no one to turn to in order to express his emotions and feelings! I do not think anyone reading this novel would be unemotional, because Gr...
  • Melissa
    I was enthralled with Grace by T. Greenwood from the opening chapter. She tells us the story of a family in Two Rivers, VT and that of a checkout girl from the local Walgreens. Their stories intertwine seamlessly and in ways that seem unexpected, yet so fitting. Every single character has a depth to them, making them all alive beyond the page. I grew attached to all of her carefully constructed characters, dying to know what the final pages would...
  • Kelly
    I've loved everything T. Greenwood has written and looked forward to reading this one. At first I was a little worried that there was too much going on in this book--it covers an awful lot of ground and numerous social and personal issues. But it's wonderful, and the story spins out so well ( pretty gracefully, pun intended). You see inside the characters and watch their struggles with an impending sense of doom that something big and awful is go...
  • Cynthia Archer
    Amazing story. It's hard to feel too bad about your life as you read about these wounded and hurting people. Ms. Greenwood hits all the right buttons to make you feel so many things. As I read the book I was full of emotions, mainly fear, apprehension, and pity for the hurting characters she portrays. It seems that there is no fix for all the problems that they encounter and endure. Yet life can change and there is redemption for wrong. Justice a...
  • Kathy
    I enjoyed reading the book and loved the development of all the characters. It seemed like all the characters were fighting their own version of quicksand throughout the book. I found Trevor's teacher as the bright spot in the book - she was the only solid support for Trevor. The author really did a good job of detailing Trevor's emotions and inability to handle the terrible abuse at school. Although there were many story lines - a hoarder grandf...