A sheer pleasure it is to welcome back Leif Enger, author of two enduring reader and bookseller favorite novels - Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome - now here with a new one, Virgil Wander (Atlantic Monthly). Wherever you the reader are, you’re made to feel, by Leif Enger’s writing, that small-town Minnesota could be home.
“Virgil Wander, city clerk of Greenstone, a formerly industrious coastal Minnesota town that time forgot, has just survived a crash that sent his Pontiac screaming into snowy Lake Superior. After Virgil’s accident, his apartment above the movie theater he owns and operates feels like someone else’s home, and everyone he used to know—most of whom he remembers—wants to be sure he heard the rumor that he, in fact, died …Virgil’s narration is a joy: he lost his adjectives in the crash, making for their gleeful insertion each time he remembers one. Enger populates down-on-its-luck Greenstone with true characters—charming Virgil, his love interest, friends, and not-quite-friends, and even some wily wildlife—and gives them diverting plotlines aplenty, but the focus of his bright and breathing third novel feels mostly like life itself, in all its smallness and bigness, and what it means to live a good one.” — Annie Bostrom, Booklist.