Virgil Wander

Virgil Wander

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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432858094
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Fiction Eng
Characteristics: 513 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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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.

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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