Virgil Wander (Paperback)

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Virgil Wander is recovering from an accident that saw him drive off a cliff into Lake Superior. While he regains his memory, use of adjectives, and balance, he meets a mysterious kite-flying visitor who has arrived seeking stories about his long-disappeared son who he has just learned exists. Virgil has come out on the other side a different version of himself, and through him and the stranger, the town of Greenstone begins to reinvent itself as well. Enger's cast of supporting characters in the small Minnesotan town take turns warming our hearts as they trudge through bits of hard luck and heartbreak. Enger's masterful storytelling is truly HUMAN, and makes one of the best books of the year. 

— From Carl

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 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