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Small town cinema owner Virgil Wander is living his normal, small town life when his car flies off an icy bridge into the frigid waters of Lake Superior.

Alive, but just a little different (he loses his adjectives and some memories) after the accident, he must get back to a world-and a life that he doesn't completely recognize.

I loved this story about discovering how to be "the new you" in the place you've always called home. 

I enjoyed the cast of interesting characters so much that I didn't want to finish the book because I grew to love them like they were my own friends and family. 

Virgil Wander isn't a book about magic, but it sure does feel magical.

Don't miss this one!

— Katie

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

Description


The first novel in ten years from award-winning, bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is a sweeping story of new beginnings against all odds that follows the inhabitants of a hard luck town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802147127
ISBN-10: 0802147127
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: August 20th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English