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I Cheerfully Refuse

Leif Enger

A career defining tour-de-force from New York Times bestselling, award-winning and "formidably gifted" (Chicago Tribune) novelist Leif Enger.

A story-teller "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. And 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.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publish Date: Apr 2nd, 2024
  • Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.10in - 6.10in - 1.30in - 1.10lb
  • EAN: 9780802162939
  • Categories: LiteraryDystopianFantasy - Action & Adventure

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 this book
Praise for I Cheerfully Refuse

A Most Anticipated Book of 2024 from Literary Hub

"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 Your House 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

"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