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Book Review Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Reading Wednesday

After a bit of a dry spell, I’ve stumbled thankfully into some lovely feel good stories lately. And this book is one of them. I hope you enjoy my book review of Virgil Wander by Leif Enger.

It’s a funny coinkydink, because I downloaded this book after it showed up on a list of best books from 2018. I hadn’t started reading it yet and my friend Merry mentioned Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, claiming it one of her all-time favorites. I began to wonder who was this Leif guy and why have I not read anything by him?

And so I began Virgil Wander, and found Leif Enger

Virgil Wander nearly dies in a car accident, only to come out of the experience with a new life awakening. As he heals he begins to notice more clearly people and things in his small Midwestern town life. Given the small town setting, as you might expect, Virgil’s story is accompanied by a wide range of characters that Enger brilliantly develops. In fact the character development of this cast is one of my favorite things about this story; from the sudden appearance of Rune a kite flying old man or the reappearance of the town’s prodigal son Adam Leer, to the life long residents like down on his luck Jerry, town drunk Shad, widow Nadine and Mayor Lydia. These are the people who make the plot of Virgil Wander unfold in a humorous and captivating way.

Enger has a talent I long for as a writing. He is gifted in his ability to turn a phrase, choose a word, fulfill a prose – in a way that puts you square in the heart of the moment, not just the story but the exact moment and believe you are there. Brilliant.

“The surface of everything is thinner than we know. A person can fall right through, without any warning at all.”

“He had a heartening bulk of the aging athlete defeated by pastry.”

I really loved this book and I think you will too. A look into life in small town upper Midwest America, and the people who love their town and each other. Their journey is Virgil Wander.

I hope you enjoyed my book review of Virgil Wander by Leif Enger.

*****Five Stars for Virgil Wander.

Read last week’s review of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

My current read Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

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1 Comment

  • Reply Debra Sidor Tanner

    Sounds GREAT!

    September 9, 2020 at 7:12 am
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