Leif Enger Discusses His New Novel, "I Cheerfully Refuse"


Join us on Tuesday, June 11th at 7pm when beloved and bestselling author LEIF ENGER comes to share his latest novel I Cheerfully Refuse. Leif will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his book, which epitomizes the “musical, sometimes magical and deeply satisfying kind of storytelling” (Los Angeles Times) for which he 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. (Leif's photo by Robin Enger)

This is a free even, but you must sign up on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to order a copy of 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. 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.

"Enger casts this adventure as an Orphean quest, but once Rainy takes on a young sidekick who's also on the lam, the enterprise feels like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn reconceived by Cormac McCarthy." -- Ron Charles, Washington Post

LEIF ENGER grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Booksense Award for Fiction and was named one of the Year's Best Books by Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller. It was a Midwest Booksellers Honor Book, and won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction. His third novel Virgil Wander was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, Bookpage, and the Chicago Public Library. He lives with his wife in Duluth, MN.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on June 11th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
I Cheerfully Refuse By Leif Enger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802162939
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2024