Write On, Door County is proud to be a presenting partner in Door County Reads. The selection for 2020 is Leif Enger’s novel Virgil Wander. After a car accident, the title character suffers memory loss and struggles to reconstruct his past. Set in the small town of Greenstone on Minnesota’s Lake Superior shore, Virgil Wander is a bittersweet chronicle of a tightknit community with quirky characters, all-American values, and movie classics.
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.
His writing is a smooth mix of romanticism and gritty reality, recalling the Old West’s greatest cowboy stories. Enger’s novel, Peace Like a River, was one of Time magazine’s top-five novels of the year 2001 and appeared on several other best seller lists. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome also appeared on best seller lists in 2008.