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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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432858094
ISBN-10: 1432858092
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2018
Pages: 519
Language: English