Well, it appears Christmas is right around the corner again and…my Christmas cards are still in my stationery box. Looks like them family folks are once again gonna get a combo greeting card from me that says, “A belated Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you!”. Hehe. Shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that I have unfortunately been doin’ that like every other year now. Oy, what a patootey relative I is.
Guess what I saw on an online library, folksies? A new book written by my all-time favorite author, Leif Enger! If y’all might recall, he’s the dude who wrote these other 2 great books: Peace Like a River (2001) and So Brave, Young, and Handsome (2008).
This is what his new book looks like, titled Virgil Wander, which was published in October of this year. I tell ya, as soon as I saw it, I had gasped aloud. I was just so surprised to see that the dude had finally written another book – before either he or I had died from this earth. Yay!
“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.
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.”
But the dagnabbit online library didn’t have it on its eBook shelves. But, it did give me the option to “Recommend” it to ’em (by clickin’ the Recommend button), so that they might consider makin’ it available among their online library eBooks. Well, I done recommended it 3 times already and it’s still not there. Carumba.
After I had finished reading his first book, I decided to search on the internet what other books he had written. And to my uttermost major surprise, the dude hadn’t written any other. None. I was stunned. Flabbergasted. And just all around bummed out about it. He only wrote one book?!, was what went through my mind for some days afterwards. So that’s why it was very surprising to me when I had discovered that he had written a 2nd book (So Brave, Young, and Handsome) a whole 8 years later. Because I had thought that another book, after Peace Like a River, wasn’t a-comin’…ever.
And here he goes, writing a 3rd book! Have ya read this book already? If so, hope ya thought it was a swell one, like his other two.