Virgil Wander

Virgil Wander

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition., First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802128782
0802128785
9780802146687
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 24 cm

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Virgil Wander, owner of the Empress movie theater in small-town Greenstone, Minnesota, is recovering from a bad accident in which his car took a dive into Lake Superior. Words don't always come to him, and his past life feels a little remote. A newcomer to town turns out to be the father of a pop... Read More »

This folksy Midwestern tale set in a small Minnesota town called Greenstone concerns the title character's recovery after an accident that sent his car into icy Lake Superior. This warm and charming novel also concerns a Norweigian man named Rune, who's hunting for his minor-league baseball playe... Read More »


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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

DCLadults Oct 18, 2018

A New & Noteworthy 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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