Leif Enger Returns

Not many novelists have so impressed me with their first novel that I would literally jump for joy in the bookstore to discover their second novel. But when I stumbled unexpectedly onto THIS yesterday, yes, I did jump, and it was for joy.

I have my copy sitting next to my keyboard as I type this. As soon as I get a chance to read a novel for fun again (and I pray that the opportunity comes soon), I’m starting with this.

If you haven’t read his first novel, Peace Like a River, you’ve missed a memorable pleasure. I remember reading it and thinking “This should become an Oscar-winning film directed by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt.” Not much later, it was in the news that Billy Bob Thornton was interested in making the film, and that Pitt was interested in starring. That was a long time ago, but I’m still hopeful. I think that would be a great team for the project.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • bunniesdreamtoo

    Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have to move “Peace Like a River” to the top of my stack. My cool and jaded friends were ready to drive 40 miles to a Leif Enger book signing. But it’s under “The Eyre Affair” . . . so maybe not.

  • http://www.mattnightingale.net mattnightingale

    Jeffrey! That is so cool… I was reading this thinking “Whatever…” but then I scrolled down, saw Leif Enger, and actually gasped a little. How embarrassing. I, too, loved “Peace Like a River,” and I will read this one with much joy.

  • clrussell

    Thanks for passing on the info! What’s one more book in an already teetering pile?

  • livingpalm

    now I’M jumping for joy in Panera Bread!! I loved Peace Like a River and can’t wait to spend a quiet day or two with Leif Enger’s new novel. Thanks for the heads up!