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Virgil Wander (Large Print / Paperback)
The new novel by the author of Peace Like a River is every bit as masterful, yet possessed of its own quiet magic. Kites, for example--the crafting and flying of them--play a transcendent role. A kind of homegrown odyssey, the story follows the owner of a movie theater in a small Midwestern town, the mysteries of his past, and myriad relationships he has with his fellow citizens and a handful of intriguing outliers.— John, Rodie, and Alison
October 2018 Indie Next List
“From the fated flight of Virgil Wander’s Pontiac into the frigid waters of Lake Superior to an encounter with Rune, an enigmatic kite enthusiast searching for word of a long-lost son, and other interactions with the citizens of Greenstone, Minnesota, Leif Enger’s new novel is a most welcome, albeit quirky, story of words and people lost and found. Lovers of Peace Like a River, rejoice! Enger is back with another enchanting and enriching tale of community and revival, with his ever-deft touch of magic and grace. A perfect remedy for those whose hearts ache from our present reality, Virgil Wanderis a treasure to be shared with all readers.”
— Mark Nichols, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
The first novel in ten years from award-winning, bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is a sweeping story of new beginnings that follows the inhabitants of a Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Small town cinema owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his Pontiac flies off a bridge into the icy depths of Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening into his new life, he begins to piece together the lore of his broken town with the help of a cast of affable locals. Into this community returns a prodigal son, Adam Leer, who may hold the key to reviving their hard-luck town. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures of kite-flying, movies, fishing, baseball, necking in parked cars and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked upper Midwest by an award-winning master storyteller.