Virgil Wander

Virgil Wander

Book - 2018 | First edition, First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
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"An enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart"-- Provided by publisher.
When Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander's car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior he survives, but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. 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. Into this community returns a prodigal son, Adam Leer, who may hold the key to reviving their town. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthy Press, 2018
Edition: First edition, First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780802128782 (hardcover alkaline paper)
0802128785 (hardcover alkaline paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC ENGER
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 24 cm

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ontherideau Jan 08, 2019

I would love to have a conversation with this man of phrases such as "a magician's bouquet of vibrant regrets". The story could be ho hum written by anyone else.
"The surface of everything is thinner than we know. A person can fall right through, without any warning at all."

mko123 Dec 10, 2018

Virgil Wander wakes up in the hospital in Duluth after his Pontiac has careened into the icy waters of Lake Superior. He looks at his life anew now. Should he sell his beloved Empress theater that only draws a few teenagers a week , and leave this dying old mining town? Well, a mysterious kite-flying Norwegian, looking for traces of his long lost son, shows up and life take an almost magical twist. Leif Enger deeply loves the Mid-West: he has the ability to take ordinary, tough events in life and reframe them to reveal the marvelous and mystical. His book Peace Like a River is my all time favorite.

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maipenrai
Nov 15, 2018

Mr. Enger has a gentle style with Minnesota stories that remind me of Jon Hassler. ( If you want to read one of the best books ever, choose "Staggerford".) His development of characters is excellent. I recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Nov 15, 2018

Mr. Enger has a gentle style with Minnesota stories that remind me of Jon Hassler. ( If you want to read one of the best books ever, choose "Staggerford".) His development of characters is excellent. I recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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furlan
Oct 20, 2018

Enger writes beautiful prose. This is a relaxing quirky story but the ending seemed disjointed from the feel of the novel. Not much of story, magical realism and nice characters.

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blcwrites
Oct 19, 2018

If there weren't so many people waiting, I'd turn right around and read this book again and pay the overdue fine. But, I'm devoted to our library and try to be courteous. Maybe it's the time we are slogging through, but this book gave me hope, a good laugh, a sense of being in the hands of a thoughtful, reader loving writer, and a great story. I am so grateful to have read this wonderful book. Thanks Leif.

DCLadults Oct 18, 2018

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 pick. Written with love, care, and a bit of whimsy, the inhabitants of a small Minnesota town bordering on Lake Superior come to life. Enger’s first book after 10 years is a joy to read.

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niceauntie
Oct 02, 2018

This book, with it's lovable quirky characters was a comforting and satisfying read. I would say it is perfect for anyone that enjoys the quirky characters and tone of Fredrick Backman's books.

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darladoodles
Sep 26, 2018

The town of Greenstone is filled with quirky characters and Virgil Wander sees them all in a different light (especially himself) after he is rescued from the bottom of Lake Superior. I love the way he describes himself as "the former tenant" when he knows he is saying or doing something that is out of character. The old Norwegian who shows up and enthralls the town with his kites is an fascinating element to the story. Then there is Adam Leer, the prodigal son. He definitely has a dark side and remains a man of mystery throughout adding depth to the plot. Will Virgil actually live up to his name and leave Greenstone? Is the missing baseball player really dead or just a run away? Can Greenstone renew itself and come out of the shadow of the taconite processing plant?

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