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Leif Enger

USA flag (b.1961)

aka L L Enger

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.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
Gun Pedersen Mystery
   1. Comeback (1990) (as by L L Enger)
   2. Swing (1991) (as by L L Enger)
   3. Strike (1992) (as by L L Enger)
   4. Sacrifice (1993) (as by L L Enger)
   5. The Sinners' League (1994) (as by L L Enger)
   6. Hard Curves (2020) (with Lin Enger)
   Peace Like a River (2000)
   So Brave, Young and Handsome (2008)
   Virgil Wander (2018)
   I Cheerfully Refuse (2024)
Leif Enger recommends
The Net Beneath Us (2022)
Carol Dunbar
"Dunbar delivers both a tumble through the shifting light of grief, and a forgiving forest floor on which to land."
The Land (2020)
Thomas Maltman
"Thomas Maltman’s The Land is a gift to readers longing for a tale of lost love, fringe prophets, souls in cold suspension, and ravens that darken the skies of a Northern winter. Set against looming apocalypse and the clicking of a projector showing classic films, The Land is generous, intricate, and propulsive. It has a kind heart and a tear in its eye, and I enjoyed it completely."
Sun House (2017)
David James Duncan
"There are books that make you a happy insomniac and Sun House is absolutely one of them, like Quixote or Moby or Copperfield, the kind when you wake at three in the morning you remember that beside the bed is a thousand-room mansion of a novel, where every door opens to unexpected weather and a keen sense of appetite. Here is the best part: while these characters come in all shades of funny and searching and rueful and indignant, they are all right there and as wide awake as you are. A new big book from David James Duncan? This is a lucky time to be a reader."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Leif Enger
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (1990)
(Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, book 3)
edited by
Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

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