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- Midwest Connection: A native to Minnesota, Leif Enger worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was a national bestseller and a Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. Enger’s newest novel, Virgil Wander, is a remarkable portrait of a small town and its residents in the Upper Midwest. Leif lives in Minnesota with his wife Robin.
- Shelf-talker: Virgil Wander is a fast-paced, humorous and mystical novel about hope, friendship, love and the relationship between a town and its people.” --Bookpage
Following a near-fatal car accident on Lake Superior, Midwestern movie-house owner Virgil Wander 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.
Beloved born and bred Minnesotan Enger writes about the lesser seen America of the Upper Midwest. Virgil Wander will appeal to readers of Texasville by Larry McMurtry, Barkskins by Annie Proulx, Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, and American Rust by Philip Meyer, as well as nonfiction fans of Hillbilly Elegy and the podcast S-Town.
From bestselling author Leif Enger comes an all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.
“Enger does a truly masterful job of synthesizing these various components into a compelling and easily digestible whole. Virgil Wander is a fast-paced, humorous and mystical novel about hope, friendship, love and the relationship between a town and its people.” --Bookpage
“[Enger’s] writing leaped out at me – it’s so easy and so vivid and so powerful all at once, and his characters are instantly real.” —Tana French, Vulture
“[Virgil Wander] brings out the charm and downright strangeness of the defiantly normal.” --Wall Street Journal
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller and a Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. He and his wife Robin live in Duluth, Minnesota.
- Midwest Connection: Author Jean Thompson taught creative writing at the University of Illinois--Champaign/ Urbana, Reed College, Northwestern University, and lives in Urbana, Illinois. Cloud in the Shape of a Girl takes place in a fictional Midwestern college town.
- Shelf-talker: A “brilliant” (Tayari Jones) and moving family saga about three generations of women fighting to find freedom, happiness and self-fulfillment in their small Midwestern college town.
- Event contact: Sarah Reidy firstname.lastname@example.org
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making. Spanning from World War II to the present, we see these women and their trials, small and large, as they navigate the expectations for their lives and the dreams of everyone they love.
“Jean Thompson is a brilliant novelist from the classic school of storytelling. This is a moving tale built upon a foundation of unforgettable characters, drawn with empathy and insight. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a story that illustrates our present moment through a keen and unflinching look at our past. Thompson’s work centers on the Midwest, what some call ‘fly over’ country, but in her hands, we come to see that it is the center.” —Tayari Jones, New York Times bestselling author of An American Marriage
Jean Thompson is the author of Who Do You Love, a National Book Award finalist, and the novels City Boy and Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.
- Midwest Connection: A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest.
- Shelf-talker: For fans of Mark Haddon, Tony Earley, and Jonathan Safran Foer, an epic take of boyhood from an unforgettable new voice.
- Event contact: Sabrina Wise (email@example.com)
A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents. William grows up near a river in the rural Midwest, and—in a glossary-style list—he imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION. Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code.
For fans of Mark Haddon, Tony Earley, and Jonathan Safran Foer, an epic tale of boyhood from an unforgettable new voice.
Tony Early, Jim the Boy
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Elliot Reed received his MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville and is currently living in Spokane, Washington.
Vanessa Martini, City Lights Books: “If you ever held one of those red fortune telling fish in the palm of your hand, the kind that wriggled though it was thin as a sliced jewel, you've come close to the experience of reading A Key to Treehouse Living. This is a novel with its own rules, its own shifting angles of refraction, one that you can only watch amazed and think: this is alive.”
Javier Ramirez, Book Table: "If you’ve ever doubted the synchronicity of life and how one moment or action can define the next in the most wonderful and unexpected ways, A Key to Treehouse Living will set you right. The structure of the novel, told in glossary form, is refreshing and illuminating and necessary in these troubled times, one that you’ll find yourself coming back to if only to feel grounded and human again."
Rachel Kaplan, Avid Bookshop: "A Key to Treehouse Living is revelatory, a literary lighthouse that forges new routes of understanding. Every life is uncharted terrain, but Elliot Reed gives us a roadmap so that we might understand in more clearer terms how to transverse our terrifying, wonderful world."
Molly Parent, Point Reyes Books: "A Key to Treehouse Living is many little doors. They open up, one by one, into the mind of an unforgettable character and a spellbinding story that both break your heart in small ways and then re-assemble it, over and over. It's a novel unlike anything else, and its impact lingers after the final page."
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners
Fiction / Family Life by Gretchen Anthony
Park Row / HarperCollins
October 16, 2018
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- Midwest Connection: Gretchen Anthony is a writer based in Minneapolis. Her debut novel, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, a smart, funny sendup of Midwestern suburban life and a celebration of it.
- Shelf-talker: Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is a smart, funny Wes Anderson-esque sendup of Midwestern suburban life and a celebration of it from debut Minneapolis local author Gretchen Anthony.
- Event contact: Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is an unmissable dramedy about an aging Midwestern matriarch, Violet, who goes to hilarious lengths to keep up her family’s perfect veneer. It’s a smart, funny Wes Anderson-esque sendup of Midwestern suburban life and a celebration of it, with powerful, timely themes of LGBT rights, class, and generational differences
"Gretchen Anthony deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humblebragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut." --J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Gretchen Anthony is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist whose work has been featured on ScaryMommy.com, Medium.com, and TheWriteLife.com. She’s also spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from CEOs to doctors and startup superstars to BBQ pros. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is her first novel.