Watermark Books & Café Invties You to Leif Enger

Watermark Books & Café will host bestselling and award-winning author Leif Enger on Friday, April 19th at 6 pm. Leif Enger is the best-selling author of So Brave, Young, and Handsome, Virgil Wander, and Peace Like A River. He will be here to celebrate the release of his latest book I Cheerfully Refuse. The book is the tale of a bereaved and pursued musician embarking under sail on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his departed, deeply beloved, bookselling wife. Rainy, an endearing bear of an Orphean narrator, seeks refuge in the harbors, fogs, and remote islands of the inland sea. A rollicking narrative in the most evocative of settings, this latest novel is a symphony against despair and a rallying cry for the future. Leif will be here to discuss the book, do a Q&A with the audience, and do a book signing. If you are interested in the event, RSVP on Eventbrite below. We hope to see you there!

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About the Book:

A career-defining tour-de-force from New York Times bestselling, award-winning, and "formidably gifted" (Chicago Tribune) author of Peace Like a River Leif Enger.

A storyteller "of great humanity and huge heart" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Leif Enger debuted in the literary world with Peace Like a River which sold over a million copies and captured readers' hearts around the globe. Now comes a new milestone in this boldly imaginative author's accomplished, resonant body of work. Set in a not-too-distant America, I Cheerfully Refuse is the tale of a bereaved and pursued musician embarking
under sail on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his departed, deeply beloved, bookselling wife. Rainy, an endearing bear of an Orphean narrator, seeks refuge in the harbors, fogs, and remote islands of the inland sea. Encountering lunatic storms and rising corpses from the warming depths, Rainy finds on land an increasingly desperate and illiterate people, a malignant billionaire ruling class, crumbled infrastructure, and a lawless society. Amidst the Gulliver-like challenges of life at sea and no safe landings, Rainy is lifted by physical beauty, surprising humor, generous strangers, and an unexpected companion in a young girl who comes aboard. As his innate guileless nature begins to make an inadvertent rebel of him, Rainy's private quest for the love of his life grows into something wider and wilder, sweeping up friends and foes alike in his strengthening wake.

I Cheerfully Refuse epitomizes the "musical, sometimes magical and deeply satisfying kind of storytelling" (Los Angeles Times) for which Leif Enger is cherished. A rollicking narrative in the most evocative of settings, this latest novel is a symphony against despair and a rallying cry for the future.

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.

Friday, April 19, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Books: 
I Cheerfully Refuse By Leif Enger Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802162939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2024

So Brave, Young, and Handsome By Leif Enger Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802144171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 8th, 2009

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Virgil Wander By Leif Enger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

Peace Like a River By Leif Enger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002