We are delighted to welcome Leif Enger, acclaimed author of Peace Like a River, as he discusses and signs copies of his first novel in 10 years, Virgil Wander. He will be in conversation with Book Stall discussion leader Elise Barack.
In his new book, Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region (the upper Midwest) and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked landscape by a "formidably gifted" (Chicago Tribune) master storyteller. This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase your copy of Virgil Wander from The Book Stall if you join the booksigning queue. Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we'll be happy to arrange an autographed copy for you.
Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals--from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil's oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller, and a Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. He and his wife Robin live in Minnesota.
The first novel in ten years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart