Fall Recap - The novel worth a ten-year wait


This October, Leif Enger gave us the best fall gift of all - his first novel in ten years! VIRGIL WANDER is a sweeping, heartfelt tale set in the upper Midwest, with a vibrant cast of characters that will capture your heart as soon as you turn the first page. Tana French picked Leif’s novel as one of her most anticipated books of 2018 in Vulture, saying: “[Enger’s] writing leaped out at me—it’s so easy and so vivid and so powerful all at once, and his characters are instantly real.”

But, as usual, don’t just take our word (or Tana French’s) for it! VIRGIL WANDER was the #1 Indie Next Pick for October, a Library Reads Pick, a Barnes & Noble Pick of the Month, a Library Journal Best Book of 2018 and an Amazon Best Book of the Year. It has also been longlisted for the 2019 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Enger’s first novel in 10 years marks him as a foremost stylist. His prose is rhapsodic, kaleidoscopic and — I’ll say it — enviable. Even more enviable is the rare feat of writing a comedic literary novel that is also a page-turner...Enger deserves to be mentioned alongside the likes of Richard Russo and Thomas McGuane. VIRGIL WANDER is a lush crowd-pleaser about meaning and second chances and magic. And in these Trumpian times, isn’t that just the kind of book and protagonist we’re all searching for?
— New York Times Book Review

Indeed it is, we agree! Read the full NYT review here, then run and buy a copy for the dreamers left on your holiday gift list.