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I Cheerfully Refuse

by Leif Enger

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

  • Imprint Grove Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Publication Date April 02, 2024
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6293-9
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $28.00
  • Imprint Grove Hardcover
  • Publication Date April 02, 2024
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6295-3
  • US List Price $28.00

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.

Praise for I Cheerfully Refuse:

A Most Anticipated Book of 2024 from Literary Hub

“The transcendent latest from Enger (Peace Like a River) is at once a dystopian love story, a nautical adventure, and a meditation on loss, kindness, and natural beauty . . . This captivating narrative brims with hope.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Magnificent . . . Comet-bright and eloquent, I Cheerfully Refuse is a perfect novel that treats dystopian circumstances as transient so long as literacy remains.”Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“There’s both a playfulness and a seriousness of purpose to the latest from the Minnesota novelist, a spirit of whimsy that keeps hope flickering even in times of darkest despair.”—Kirkus Reviews

“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 from Booksellers:

“Readers can rejoice at Leif Enger’s triumphant return to the page. Told in elegant and sophisticated prose, I Cheerfully Refuse takes a Midwestern “Gulliver” traveling in a dystopian world of the not too distant future. This is a journey that readers should not refuse or they will miss its transportive beauty.”—Pamela Klinger-Horn, The Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN

“This is literary writing extraordinaire: lyrical, read-aloud sentences that take your breath away, seemingly effortless word choices that leave you wondering how Leif Enger does it, paragraph after paragraph.”—Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

“I just finished the last page and there remains a bit of lake mist in my eyes. Rainy moves through his world as a large-hearted large man. His world is not so different from ours, just forward in time . . . I read the last chapter aloud to my infant to buy myself the time to finish and above all, that is what this book is. It’s a story told to buy ourselves some time on this orbit through the stars.”—Mara Lynn Luther, Chapter One Bookstore, Hamilton, MT

“I couldn’t get enough of I Cheerfully Refuse, gripping and soulful, it took my breath away. I drank it in, never wanting to put it down, never wanting it to end. The sweeping journey of a man on a quest to find the love he has lost. This story flows along on the rolling tides of hope and despair that rise and fall like the Lake Superior waves. Simply beautiful and everything that I wanted it to be.”—Jacqueline Harrison, Naughty Dog Books, Nashville, IN

“Not sure I have the words for how beautiful and deeply moving this was. He is a brilliant writer and fans of his will not be disappointed. For anyone who really values the craft of writing AND storytelling together—this one is for them. I really loved this.”—Andrea Jones, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT

Praise for Leif Enger:

“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

“Enger is a masterful storyteller . . . possessed of a seemingly effortless facility for the stiletto-sharp drawing of wholly believable characters.”Chicago Tribune

“Enger is a writer to be appreciated by anyone who cares about words.”Seattle Times

Author Tour Dates

Tuesday

04/02

Duluth, MN

URSA MINOR BREWING

Book launch event

2415 W Superior Street

Event info here or here.

 

7:00 PM
Wednesday

04/03

Edina, MN

BARNES & NOBLE EDINA

Book talk and signing

3230 Galleria

Event info here

6:00 PM
Sunday

04/07

Winnetka, IL

THE BOOK STALL

811 Elm Street

Event info here

2:00 PM
Tuesday

04/09

Naperville, IL

ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP

123 W Jefferson Ave.

 

7:00 PM
Thursday

04/11

Nashville, TN

PARNASSUS BOOKS

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14

6:30 PM
Saturday

04/13

Bayfield, WI

APOSTLE ISLANDS BOOKSELLERS

In conversation with Peter Geye

112 Rittenhouse Ave.

Event info here

2:00 PM
Tuesday

04/16

Milwaukee, WI

BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY

2559 N Downer Ave.

Event info here

6:30 PM
Wednesday

04/17

St. Louis, MO

LEFT BANK BOOKS

399 N Euclid Ave.

7:00 PM
Saturday

04/27

Duluth, MN

THE BOOKSTORE AT FITGER’S

Book signing

600 E Superior St.

Time TK
Saturday

07/13

Grand Marais, MN

DRURY LANE BOOKS

12 Wisconsin St.

6:00 PM