Leif Enger's new novel, Virgil Wander, is one of the most eagerly anticipated books of 2018. We know how many of you loved his debut, Peace Like a River, as much as we did, so we are sure that many of you will share our excitement for this new book. It is particulary gratifying, then, to invite you to meet Leif Enger here at Rakestraw Books on Friday, 26 October 2018 at noon. During this special visit, he will be discussing the new book, taking your questions, and signing books.
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.
With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region 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 American Upper Midwest by a "formidably gifted" ( Chicago Tribune) master storyteller.
Please make your reservations to join us on Friday, 26 October 2018 at noon by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.