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Virgil Wander
Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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 icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals--from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil's oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town. 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.
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ornatelyplain
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“Is something really large wrong with you, Virgil, or just something small, do you think?”

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Leftcoastzen
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The others from Daedalus, both the French titles got bent . They are going to replace.Someone needs book packing 101.

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BarbaraJean
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🍾First book of 2020: Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
🎉 Last book of 2020: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
🥂Bringing in 2021 with: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel (started both yesterday)

#Goodbye2020

Amandajoy Your first book of 2020 was my last book of 2019! 13mo
BarbaraJean @Amandajoy 💜And it‘s such a lovely book! 13mo
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Honeybeebooks
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I enjoyed it overall but was uncertain what to make of the magical elements. At first when the visions seemed to be related to Virgil's accident it worked for me but as they progressively took on a sinister tone and it became a seemingly shared hallucination I was disappointed. The gentle romance, nostalgic movie theatre and shared love of town and kite flying made it all worthwhile. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Read66
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Became a huge fan of Leif Enger after reading Peace Like a River. His second book was not quite as good In my opinion but this book (his third I believe) is another delight. Great characterizations and portrait of small town life. Highly recommended

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I really enjoyed this book. There was so much irony and deadpan humor. I felt like I knew the town and all the characters- I was invested. One that you miss once you‘re done with it.

BarbaraJean That‘s such a great way of describing this book—I finished it a couple of weeks ago, and I miss it! 2y
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Professional_Book_Dragon
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Loved this line, “We all dream of finding but what‘s wrong with looking?”

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Professional_Book_Dragon
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This made me laugh. Mmm yes going to sleep on drugs is wonderful 🤪

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Professional_Book_Dragon
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Starting this for book club next week

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BarbaraJean
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Goodness, I loved this book. Gorgeous writing, a charming setting, and characters I both wondered about and fell in love with. And in the end, a story that left me wanting to go out and live a fuller life. (And maybe buy an old movie theater or learn to build kites.) A perfect first read of 2020.

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katiebee
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A perfect read to ring in 2020. I fell in love with the setting, all of the characters, and of course- the lyrical and poetic writing.
"he declared that just because a thing was poetry didn‘t mean it never happened in the actual world, or that it couldn‘t happen still."

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Amandajoy
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I finished it at 20 minutes past midnight, but I‘m calling it my last read of 2019.

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Amandajoy
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My #weeklyforcast is my book club‘s January selection and my #jólabókaflód from @babyruth2510 Looking forward to some good reading time this week!

Cinfhen Tagged book sounds good!!! Happy Reading and Merry Christmas 😁 2y
Hooked_on_books Cute paper! 2y
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jdiehr
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Loved this book! So many beautiful words strung together to make lovely sentences.

Enger also wrote 'Peace Like a River' which has been in my top five favorite books for years.

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"...just because a thing was poetry didn't mean it never happened in the actual world, or that it couldn't happen still."

robinb I enjoyed this one. 😊 2y
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jdiehr
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"Memory's oldest trick is convincing us of its accuracy."

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jdiehr
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You. Guys.

One of my favorite authors liked my Instagram post! It was the same picture I posted here yesterday.

Made this nerd's day 😄

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love when that happens! 2y
BridgetteM 🎉 That‘s awesome! 2y
tpixie Awesomeness!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 i‘m just starting this book tonight for book club. I‘ve never read him before —-but how cool for you! 2y
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The bookmark says, "Books, cats, life is good."

Yep

Melissa_J What a beautiful cat! 2y
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Nebklvr
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Enger‘s writing places the reader on somewhat shaky ground between staid reality and a savage fairy tale. A beautiful poetry of fabulous characters floating through the story and nary a plot line in sight.

tpixie Well said! ♥️📚♥️ 2y
Nebklvr @tpixie Thanks! Did you like the book? 2y
tpixie @Nebklvr yes! I really liked his way with words. Your description was perfect. Although I never really listened to it much the book kind of reminded me of A Prairie Home Companion - a weekly radio show by Garrison Keillor 2y
Nebklvr @tpixie Hmmm...the small town atmosphere of the show, yes, that makes sense 2y
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greenhairdontcare
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I found something warm & comforting about this book. It gave me the feeling I get when I catch up with a friend over coffee, & we talk for hours.

The story unravels slowly, so patience is needed. It‘s written beautifully & I came out the other end glad that I persisted.

I read this as a friend received it as a part of book delivery gift we gave her! It‘s not a book I‘d normally choose, which makes me even happier that I gave it a chance.

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It‘s currently Sat in 🇦🇺 atm, but whatever!

1. Pushing through this because a friend received it as part of a gift we bought her. 😕
2. Cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, doing some paperwork & lesson planning (#teacherlife), finishing The Umbrella Academy & HOPEFULLY, reading! 🤣 I will also celebrate Easter with family on Sunday.
3. Yes! I cooked up a heap last week for snacks & meals. 🥚
4. 🤔 I like the name Audrey?
5. 👍🏻
#friyayintro

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wen4blu
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Current read. I love his descriptive writing, like "a magician's bouquet of vibrant regrets".

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PatriciaU
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Enger specializes in writing allegorical stories rich in symbolism, and he does the same here. Took me some time to really engage with the story because it seemed to be going nowhere for the first few chapters, but it turned into a lovely story about life and love, growth and remembrance, and the power of friendship. Photo is of my Great Lake, Ontario, in zero degree weather, reminiscent of Enger‘s Lake Superior. Photo by John Kucko.

Cinfhen Stunning photo 3y
AiBBot Amazing photo! Thank you for sharing it. 3y
tpixie Great photo! ⛄️ ❄️ 🌲 2y
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Rcoco
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Mehso-so

I liked this but I am a slow reader, and there were too many characters that were not distinct enough for me to keep track of. Beautiful descriptive prose, and an interesting story. It dragged a little for me in the middle.

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Lauren.Archer
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Wrong time for me to read this book. I have been doing everything to not read the book. Will pick it up another time.

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Next read...having trouble picking my next book.

EmilyM This is a good one! 3y
BridgetteM I love this book!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :) 3y
Carolyn11215 This is such a charming book! 3y
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Theshadedbuffalo
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Okay, so it took me a while to get into this one. It just started slow for me, I wasn‘t interested in any of the characters. About halfway through I really hit my stride. It is beautifully writt n, with wonderful words and storytelling, and for that, and the finale of the book, I give it a pick and 3.5 stars.
Virgil Wander leads a typical bachelor life- owns and runs the local and run down theater, part time work at city hall. 👇🏻👇🏻

Theshadedbuffalo One day, he simply drives off a cliff, with no reason or understanding why. He‘s trying to recover from his horrible head injury when a mysterious man, who makes and flies mysterious and beautiful kites, comes to town asking questions about his long-lost (and presumably dead) son. What happens throughout is a journey for Virgil, the stranger, the locals, and the town itself. @kaye here is my small review. ❤️ 3y
Theshadedbuffalo Also, this is my #letterv for #litsyatoz 😬😬 3y
Kaye Thank you Branndy , for the tag. At least now I‘ll know more about the book. Good job on getting your letter V. 👍🏼 3y
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“At bottom, what God seemed to want was affirmation. Basically praise in every circumstance. Without it he could could turn menacing in a hurry. Just ask the Israelites.”

🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

mreads Pretty picture 3y
Theshadedbuffalo @mreads thanks! I color them on an app to help reduce stress while I‘m listening to an audiobook. 3y
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Kimbono
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Up next: Virgil Wander

Puredragonstar Ooo pretty kitty! Also part of the #KAL 3y
Kimbono @Puredragonstar He‘s pretty much a cat against everything 😻 3y
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CaitlinR
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This is a wonderful audiobook. MacLeod Andrews has the perfect voice for a story set in Northern Minnesota.

Leif Enger‘s tale is delightful. The people who try to save Virgil, but who are actually saved by this lovely man, will be part of my life for a long time. Rune, and his incredible kites are such a lovely metaphor for what we all seek.

I loved, loved this book.

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Kimbono
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Mini library haul 📚❤️📚

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Suet624
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“Every year the city considers new holiday decorations but never follows through. Even the cheesiest snowflakes, stars, or reindeer are a big investment for a town like Greenstone. Those angels remember Dick Nixon.”

These are some of the decorations on the main street of my small town. I believe Enger must have visited. (The photo was taken in very cold temps so I apologize for the shaky image. I was, in fact, shaking.) 😂

BarbaraBB Great pic. It looks spooky and cold!! 3y
batsy I love the effect of this photo, like @BarbaraBB said. 3y
LauraBeth I loved this line - it reminded me of my grandmother‘s tiny town and the ancient Christmas decorations they‘d put out on the utility poles. 3y
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB @batsy thanks so much for being kind about that photo! 😀 3y
Suet624 @LauraBeth Where did your grandmother live? 3y
LauraBeth She lived in a tiny town called Molena, GA - which maybe had 400 people living there 😂 3y
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Theshadedbuffalo
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We haven‘t been to the library for a couple of weeks, and I was soooo missing it! I‘m only picking one up for myself, and this one fits into my much needed V space in #litsyatoz so, bonus! Love library days!!

Kaye Can you tag me after you read this ? I loved his first book but haven‘t heard much yet on this one. (edited) 3y
Theshadedbuffalo @kaye Julie, I will do that!! It‘s a short loan, so I gotta get it read quickly. 3y
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Suet624
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A sweet and slow walk through the life of Virgil Wander following his near death experience. Lovely characters and some terrific sentence structures in this story. One of the characters builds amazing kites. The descriptions of the beauty and feelings evoked while flying a kite reminded me of my sister-in-law who each summer introduces those pleasures to the next generation. Here is Captain Adorable and Ellen flying together for the first time.

LauraBeth What a lovely review accompanied by a beautiful picture 💕 I really loved Virgil Wander 3y
Cinfhen Hi!!! Love the photo 3y
LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 3y
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Reggie Books are so special this way in the way they can make us remember. Nice review!!! 3y
batsy Gorgeous! 3y
rohit-sawant Wonderful picture and review! 3y
Suet624 @LauraBeth I believe it was your review that sealed the deal on me reading this book. 😀 As usual, you were right. The book was great. 3y
Suet624 @Cinfhen Hello!! Thank you! 3y
Suet624 @LeahBergen @batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you so much. 3y
Suet624 @Reggie Yes, you‘re so right. And thank you 3y
ValerieAndBooks Sweet picture!! 3y
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Suet624
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Ain‘t that the truth! I get a lot of my reading done in the middle of a quiet night.

Tanisha_A 👏 3y
AmyG Yep. I do alot of reading at 4 am. (edited) 3y
Suet624 @AmyG Yes, 4 am is one of those hours where I‘m never sure whether I should just get out of bed and start my day. So I read and hope maybe l‘ll be lulled to sleep. 3y
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JamieArc I‘m a very good sleep, but my husband will often get up in the middle of the night and as he can‘t fall back asleep, he reads. Sometimes I get jealous, wishing I had that extra reading time 😂 3y
Elma Me too. 3y
LauraBeth Confession: sometimes I wish I had insomnia so I could get in more reading 😂 3y
Jeg I love jet lag as it means more reading time. 3y
Suet624 @JamieArc @laurabeth oh, count your lucky stars that you can sleep through the night. 😂😂😉😉 3y
Suet624 @Jeg so true. 3y
Oblomov26 Insomniacs represent🤘🏻 3y
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TheBogwitch
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There are a few authors who can do no wrong by me; Leif Enger is one. Another quiet story that has a big voice. There are no big booms, no crescendo of reveals. Just a story of a man who met death a few times, helped to save his town in the most understated ways, and lived his life.

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In they rolled, gloves on, black helmets squeezing faces red from the wind, a pack of paunchy old the centaurs come to bury their own.

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Does starting a new book ever cease to send happy chills racing? Gyro says, “No. Duh.”

glitterkitty459 😻😻😻 3y
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TheBogwitch
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Next on my TBR pile. I‘ve been waiting for more from Enger since Peace Like A River. Anyone read it yet?

thebluestocking I haven‘t read this yet. I loved Peace Like a River but DNFed his second one. I hope this one is good! 3y
TheBogwitch So Brave, So Young, and Handsome? I loved it! Not as much as PLaR. Hope this is as good. 🤞🏼 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
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TheBookBabes
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Topping many lists of the best books of 2018, Leif Enger's novel Virgil Wander is a wonder. Pick it up and you won't put it down. Full review at goo.gl/s91XSg
#bookblogger #bookworm #books

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Topping many lists of the best books of 2018, Leif Enger's novel Virgil Wander is a wonder. Pick it up and you won't put it down. Full review at goo.gl/s91XSg
#bookblogger #bookworm #books

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Quirkybookworm
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Such a whimsical novel which will stay with you long after finishing the book. http://quirkybookwormalways.blogspot.com/2018/10/virgil-wander-by-leif-enger.htm... @GroveAtlantic

jdiehr "Peace Like a River" is one of my top 5 books. Glad to see a good review for Enger's latest. Can't wait to read it! 3y
Quirkybookworm @jdiehr I'll have to pick book soon thanks! ❤ 3y
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BridgetteM
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For anyone who needs some encouragement today.

Nute I love this!💞 3y
BridgetteM @Nute Me too! It‘s a good reminder when I‘m having a bad day. 3y
Suet624 This quote was beautifully placed in the novel. ❤️ 3y
BridgetteM @Suet624 I agree! Very heartwarming! 3y
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LauraBeth
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Caveat: It‘s not for everyone. You know why? It‘s charming and delightful! 😂 And there‘s so much dang hope. I liked that you‘re free to wade as deep as you want to with how much you want to ponder some deep thoughts about life. If you hated Less and A Man Called Ove - steer clear as this may not be for you. And you may like it if you enjoyed those books or if you enjoyed Peace Like A River. Enger reminds me a lot of Wendell Berry.

saresmoore Well, I hated Less and Ove, but I‘m madly in love with Wendell Berry‘s musings, so I‘m torn. 🤔 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Clearly I need to stack this—thanks! 3y
chuckstar158 Stacking this based on your review alone! 😍 3y
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Tamra I really liked Peace! 3y
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore Do you have access to Hoopla via your library? It‘s available there. 3y
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly I wish I did! Our new system doesn‘t do Hoopla. I will check Libby, though! This would be a great audio choice, I think. 3y
LeahBergen Well, what‘s giving me hope here is that little bit of lovey-doveyness between Bitsy and Gray Cat. 😍 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen They bonded against Teeny Ginger 😹 3y
LauraBeth @saresmoore and @MicheleinPhilly just know that the pacing is slow! 3y
LauraBeth @Tamra then you‘ll probably enjoy this! 3y
LauraBeth @chuckstar158 and @BarbaraTheBibliophage looking forward to hearing y‘all‘s thoughts! 3y
batsy What @LeahBergen said 😂❤️ 3y
Suet624 @saresmoore wait a second. You hated Ove??!? 3y
saresmoore @Suet624 I did. I know, I‘m a terrible person. 3y
minkyb Oh Wendell Berry. Have not read him yet. I am ashamed. 3y
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LauraBeth
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I need to do a mid-book update bc NONE of the marketing copy on the flap is in my wheelhouse (baseball, fishing, movies, kites 🙄 NO THANKS!). Save that book for a Father‘s Day gift.

And yet here I am - totally digging this story. With baseball, fishing, movies, kites - alongside Virgil as he wonders how to find the courage to change (but not in an obnoxious mid-life crisis way). Like - don‘t we all wonder this?

It‘s very Jayber Crow so far.

QuietlyLaura Hi Bitsy! 😍 3y
Suet624 Been waiting, waiting, waiting on my library wait list. 3y
UwannaPublishme Hug Bitsy for me! 🤗💕 3y
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LeahBergen None of those would be in my wheelhouse either. Okay, maybe fishing? 3y
LauraBeth @Suet624 hope it come soon! The character is very reminiscent of Aeneas which I‘m guessing is why he‘s called Virgil 😂 Reading The Aeneid made me understand that in books as in life - there are multiple paths the hero can take and there may not be one specific and correct one. So that gave me better context for this story. 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂 it‘s always funny to me when I enjoy a book that on the surface seems to be one that I wouldn‘t seem to like 3y
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme Consider Bitsy hugged! 🤗 3y
LauraBeth @QuietlyLaura Bitsy says 👋 3y
Suet624 Thanks for the helpful info. 3y
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