I Cheerfully Refuse

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$28.00  $26.04
Grove Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Leif Enger grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Booksense Award for Fiction and was named one of the Year's Best Books by Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller. It was a Midwest Booksellers Honor Book, and won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction. His third novel Virgil Wander was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was named a best book of the year by Amazon, Library Journal, Bookpage, and Chicago Public Library. He lives with his wife in Duluth, MN.
Praise for I Cheerfully Refuse

A Most Anticipated Book of 2024 from Literary Hub

"The transcendent latest from Enger (Peace Like a River) is at once a dystopian love story, a nautical adventure, and a meditation on loss, kindness, and natural beauty . . . This captivating narrative brims with hope." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Magnificent . . . Comet-bright and eloquent, I Cheerfully Refuse is a perfect novel that treats dystopian circumstances as transient so long as literacy remains." -- Foreword Reviews, starred review

"There's both a playfulness and a seriousness of purpose to the latest from the Minnesota novelist, a spirit of whimsy that keeps hope flickering even in times of darkest despair." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Enger's prose is beautiful to behold." -- Booklist

"A book that reads like music, both battle hymn and love song for our world. A true epic--heartbreaking, terrifyingly prophetic, but above all, radically hopeful."-- Violet Kupersmith, author of Build YourHouse Around My Body

"A heart-racing ballad of escape, shot-through with villainy and dignity, humor and music. Like Mark Twain, Enger gives us a full accounting of the human soul, scene by scene, wave by wave." -- Josh Ritter, singer and author of The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All

Praise for Virgil Wander

"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."--New York Times Book Review

"[Virgil Wander] brings out the charm and downright strangeness of the defiantly normal." Wall Street Journal

"Enger is a writer to be appreciated by anyone who cares about words."--Seattle Times

Praise for Peace Like a River

"Here is an author we can trust and who we are willing to follow anywhere. Enger strikes just the right balance of instinctive storytelling, narrative play and pretty prose." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Book lovers inclined to complain that novelists don't write gripping yarns anymore would do well to pick up a copy of Peace Like a River, a compelling blend of traditional and artfully offbeat storytelling . . . a miracle well worth witnessing."--Boston Globe

"The narrative picks up power and majesty, then thunders to a tragic, yet joyous, climax."- People

"Gripping... Filled with sharp prose and vividly realized scenes, [Peace Like a River] has the makings of that rarest commodity: the literate bestseller." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune