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Leif Enger at the bookstore

Leif Enger with "I Cheerfully Refuse"

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.

Our narrator Rainy 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.

Minnesota author Leif Enger joins us on Thursday, April 25 at 7PM with his new book I CHEERFULLY REFUSE.  Many of you will remember Leif from his time at Minnesota Public Radio.  Many more of you know Leif from his three previous novels.

NOTE:  This is a ticketed event.  Your $5.00 ticket gives you a $5.00 discount on I CHEERFULLY REFUSE.

ALSO NOTE:  This event will be at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, just up the street from the store.

Tickets are available here:

Date: 04/25/2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
301 County Road 19
Excelsior , MN 55331
United States