Thank You for All Things

Thank You for All Things

by Sandra Kring
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Thank You for All Things by Sandra Kring

At twelve, Lucy Marie McGowan already knows she’ll be a psychologist when she grows up. And her quirky and conflicted family provides plenty of opportunity for her to practice her calling. Now Lucy, her “profoundly gifted” twin brother, Milo, her commitment-phobic mother, and her New Age grandmother are leaving Chicago for Timber Falls, Wisconsin, to care for her dying grandfather—a complex and difficult man whose failure as a husband and father still painfully echoes down through the years.

Lucy believes her time in the rural town where the McGowan story began will provide a key piece to the puzzle of her family’s broken past, and perhaps even reveal the truth about her own missing father. But what she discovers is so much more—a lesson about the paradoxes of love and the grace of forgiveness that the adults around her will need help in remembering if their family is ever to find peace and embrace the future.

By turns heart-wrenching and heart-mending, Thank You for All Things is a powerful and poignant novel by a brilliant storyteller who illustrates that when it comes to matters of family and love, often it is the innocent who force others to confront their darkest secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597229661
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 603
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sandra Kring lives in the north woods of Wisconsin. She runs support groups and workshops for adult survivors of trauma. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a Book Sense Notable pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award nominee.

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Thank You for All Things 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Lisa_from_WI More than 1 year ago
This story is delightful, funny, serious, and engaging. I couldn't wait to share this book with family and friends. Kring makes the family dynamics of the McGowans relatable even if the family is nothing like your own. Through the story, it becomes apparent how the people in our lives, whom we care about, help form who we become and how we behave. Three cheers and five stars for this charming read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Thank You for All Things" by Sandra Kring is a must-read for anyone who likes touching, thought-provoking literature that will help you reflect and make you think. The characters are colorful, funny, and relatable, and the story keeps you going all the way through. It gave me a deeper appreciation of family, friends, and healing our past. Sandra Kring has a special talent for writing children's characters in a very real, honest, and genuine way without being patronizing or making them seem like "little adults". She allows you to get in the mind of a young girl and understand things from her perspective, with dignity and humor. Set in rural Wisconsin, it's a book that anyone from a small town (or who's visited a small town) can relate to. Our book club read this book as a selection, and we universally enjoyed it. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Ms. Kring's special offering today!
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
This is a story of forgiveness and understanding. It also explores the friction between a mother's need to protect her children and a child's need to know and understand. A good one!
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful story of family trying to resolve issues, one of them being young Lucy looking for her father. Her ingenuity is to be admired, and her quest for answers unfolds a mystery at the center of the story. I look forward to reading the other books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eleven years old twins Lucy and Milo McGowan are both brilliant with IQs off the charts. They live with their single mom in Chicago, but whereas Lucy is curious about people, Milo is indifferent. Her inquisitiveness, some might say nosiness, has led her to declare that she will be a psychologist and a dying need to know about her unknown father, paternal grandfather and anything involving her heritage Milo couldn¿t care less about the family tree.------------- When her mom learns that her father is dying, she and her two kids travel to her hometown of Timber Falls, Wisconsin. Lucy quickly realizes her mom loathes her father and came only to help her mother. Meanwhile Lucy begins to investigate her family especially the estrangement between her angry grandfather and her relationship phobic mother. She even begins to love the crusty grump although as she learns more about the abuse of the past she finds it hard to care about him. ------------ This superb family drama hooks the audience from the moment mom and the twins go to Wisconsin. Lucy with her conclusions and eye opening revelations makes the tale work. Readers will enjoy this fine intelligent contemporary as Sandra Kring digs deep into the wider impact on others of the estrangement between a daughter and her father mostly through the eyes of the granddaughter.-------------- Harriet Klausner
jrwitty55 More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Story ends leaving the door open for a sequel.
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Such an engaging story!
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Ann71 More than 1 year ago
This book touched upon how you can always learn something from sad situation. I liked how it was written from the perspective of an almost teenage girl who is very smart but still finds room to learn about life's important messages.
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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Thank you for all things, a novel about love, loss, abuse and forgiveness. Sandra Kring is a great writer that brings the characters to life and each story seems to reveal a bit of ourselves. Times throughout you will cry and most certainly laugh. Story told from by an eleven year, Lucy, that struggles to find her roots, even if they are not as she has imagined them to be.
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pagese More than 1 year ago
Every once in awhile, you need that book that brings you back to reality. Something that reminds you of the importance of family, friends, and most of all the love that those relationships bring. For me, this book was it. I wasn't sure about such a serious topic in the voice of a twelve year old. But, maybe that's what makes this story work. Since she is a child, she sees and understand things differently than the adults do. And I think she is part of the reason that all the horrible things of the past are brought to the surface. By coming to terms with all of those events, the family is able to start the process of healing. Something I think the rest of them wondered if it was ever a possibility. The way the events of the past were laid out was bittersweet and left me in awe that this family was able to survive. I think I will be searching out more by this author!
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