Virgil Wander

Virgil Wander

The first novel in ten years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into The first novel in ten years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is an encha...

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Title:Virgil Wander
Author:Leif Enger
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0802128785
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:303 pages pages

Virgil Wander Reviews

  • Cheri
    Aug 21, 2018
    4.5 Stars ?Got nothing against a big town Still hayseed enough to say Look who's in the big town But my bed is in a small town Oh, and that's good enough for me ?Well I was born in a small town And I can breathe in a small town Gonna die in this small town And that's p...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Oct 21, 2018
    This book is like one imagines old people are like when one is little: big-hearted and long-winded. ...
  • Marialyce
    Oct 28, 2018
    4.5 captivating stars My reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress... ?Memory?s oldest trick is convincing us of its accuracy.? Vigil Wander has been in a horrific car accident as his car careened over a cliff and plummeted into the water. He surviv...
  • Lesley Kagen
    Jun 08, 2018
    Leif Enger is one of my favorite writers and I've waited for so long for a new novel that I was almost afraid to start reading it. But I did . . . I did . . . at a savoring pace, because I could not bear for it to end. I was enraptured. His voice. The town. The kites. The imagery. The ...
  • Ron Charles
    Oct 02, 2018
    If you didn?t know better, you?d think that ?Virgil Wander? had wandered over from Lake Wobegon. Leif Enger risks trespassing on Garrison Keillor?s needlepointed territory with these good-natured folks who are all above average for quirkiness. His novel takes place in Greenst...
  • Jill
    Jul 29, 2018
    ?We all dream of finding but what?s wrong with looking?? Virgil Wander is a book about seekers ? those who get lost in the journey we call life and then, if they?re fortunate, get found. Virgil Wander ? a middle-aged man who is the proprietor of the Empress Theater ?...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jun 03, 2018
    "Greenstone was full of people who could make you sad just by strolling into view." The mining town on Lake Superior's shore seemed to have outlived its shelf life, but there were those who continued living there despite decreasing opportunity and prospect. At least that was Virgil's f...
  • Linda Hart
    Nov 01, 2018
    Leif Enger's book, Peace Like a River, has occupied a place in my heart for 9 or 10 years and I have waited for him to write another. Like his earlier novel, there are some magical moments and also some dark forces at play in the fictional small midwestern "Bad Luck" town of Greenstone...
  • Esil
    Sep 03, 2018
    4+ stars In case you?re wondering, Virgil Wander is the name of the main character in this book. He deserves this unusual name because he is a quirky man living in an odd town at the centre of a unusual story. From one perspective, Virgil is an unlucky man living amongst many unlu...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 03, 2018
    4+ In Northern Minnesota there is a small town called Greenstone. Having lost it's industrial footing, those who remain are a hardscrabble, kind of stuck in a rut, group of people. Virgil, is our narrator, he lives above and own the local movie theater, a theater that sells few tickets...
  • Angela M
    Sep 03, 2018
    4+ stars I loved the writing from the beginning and fell for all of these quirky characters, and in the middle of the book I thought maybe this would be a nice story, predictable and sweet. I was partially right. The story ended up being more than that. In this down and out, waning t...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Aug 18, 2018
    Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Grove Press Pub. Date: Oct. 2, 2018 The author, Leif Enger, is the winner of many awards including the 2008 Midwest Booksellers? Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. He captures the heart of small-town life when the town has seen better days. T...
  • Debra
    Aug 31, 2018
    Ever "Wander" why a book doesn't quite work for you? Virgil Wander is the owner of the local "movie house" when his car goes off the road and into Lake Superior. The accident has left him with memory and language issues and his entire town is unfamiliar to him. Speaking of the town,...
  • Judy
    Sep 06, 2018
    There's something alluring about this book that called to me as I read. There's not a lot of action here nor is there any edge-of-your seat suspense. Just a quiet tugging to read more about the lovable, quirky characters and this community in Greenstone, MN that has fallen on hard time...
  • Larry H
    Jul 09, 2018
    What a gorgeous, quirky, and utterly charming book! Leif Enger may have made us wait 10 years since his last book, but his newest, Virgil Wander , is definitely worth the wait. Virgil Wander is the slightly curmudgeonish owner of The Empress, a movie theater in decline in the town ...
  • Andrew Smith
    Nov 07, 2018
    The set-up of this novel reminds me very much of Richard Russo?s Nobody?s Fool: a small town where everybody seems to know everyone else, the town itself having seen better days and a central character being a well liked man who has yet to achieve anything of significance in his li...
  • Bam
    Oct 02, 2018
    I enjoyed this charming, character-driven novel set in a down-yet-not-quite-out former mining/shipping town in Minnesota called Greenstone, perched on the shores of Lake Superior, near Duluth. The main character, the eponymous Virgil Wander, is recovering from a nearly-fatal car ac...
  • Barnabas Piper
    Oct 05, 2018
    It's been a while since I was sad that I book I was reading ended. This was just such a book. Enger is a genius, maybe the best living novelist. His characters are the fullest, deepest, and best. They are what make his stories go - it's not what *happens*, it is what they *do* that dri...
  • Phrynne
    Nov 05, 2018
    A new author to me and I enjoyed it so much that I will certainly be looking out for his other two books. I am a fan of books set in small town America, full of quirky characters, curious incidents, lots of baking and good old fashioned friendships. These places probably only exist ...
  • Jeanette
    Oct 12, 2018
    Rarely, rarely do you come across such superior writing description and a story that involves more than a dozen characters who are carved individuals. And seem quite real life. They did to me. And then you have all of Minnesota ambiance as November turns to December and in Greenston...
  • Karen
    Sep 05, 2018
    Well, there are certainly a lot of subplots going on in this story, but I did enjoy it overall, especially due to the characters. Greenstone, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior used to be quite a booming town but is in a season of ?hard luck? days. We have the likes of Virgi...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Sep 25, 2018
    *NOW AVAILABLE* This book for me was definitely a 3.5 rounded up to a 4 for the writing. I longed to read this new book by the author of ?Peace Like a River? which I probably hand sold to hundreds of people. Did I love this book, no I did not, but I liked it. Here?s why: A...
  • Nancy
    Aug 17, 2018
    Virgil Wander by Leif Enger is a lovely, quiet story on the surface, featuring quirky small-town folk who carry on in spite of heavy baggage. If you let yourself flow along with the gentle story, you will be caught up in the wind current of change and impending disaster to a satisfying...
  • Mackey
    Sep 15, 2018
    We have waited a decade for more beautiful, heart-wrenching tales from the incredible Leif Enger but the wait was worth it to have the astounding story of Virgil Wander. Virgil Wander is a sad tale about a declining rust-belt town; a town that has seen much better days as has it pe...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Sep 27, 2018
    4 charming stars to Virgil Wander! ? ? ? ? Virgil Wander, the main character, owns a movie theater and lives in small town Minnesota. He has a driving accident where his car lands in frigid Lake Superior. After the accident, his memory and language are impaired, and life is...
  • Susan
    Aug 28, 2018
    After reading the last page of Virgil Wander I feel like I'm saying goodbye to old friends. This book is set in a small town in Minnesota that has seen better days. After a near death experience Virgil Wander wakes up with a new lease on life. There are plenty of eccentric characters a...
  • Tucker
    Nov 12, 2018
    3.5 stars. ...
  • Jenny
    Oct 23, 2018
    Virgil Wander lives in Greenstone, Minnesota, a town with little to offer and even fewer prospects for the future. The inhabitants are good natured but quirky. In fact most are quirky. Virgil, the owner of the local movie theater, claims to be ?cruising at medium attitude, aspiring ...
  • Bkwmlee
    Nov 02, 2018
    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars This is one of those books that I found extremely difficult to rate, as there were many things I enjoyed about the book, yet at the same time, there were also moments where I struggled and thought about giving up on this one and moving on to other more prod...
  • Kathleen
    Oct 26, 2018
    Enger has beautifully written a tale of magical realism. Greenstone, Minnesota is a town on the shores of Lake Superior that is limping along?the taconite mines have closed, the big ships no longer stop, and even the water tower collapsed and rolled through town. Virgil is the City C...