A ‘Handsome’ Looking Book

Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River is the answer to one my favorite local bookish trivia questions: Which was the first title selected for Northfield Reads! communitywide book club?

That book was and continues to sell extremely well at the old neighborhood bookstore. “Peace” also put Enger on the map as a national bestselling novelist. So we all knew his follow-up would be highly anticipated and — this just in — So Brave, Young and Handsome has arrived!

And just in time for the big event at Carleton College on May 1. If you pick up your copy today you’ll have time to dig in before Enger’s upcoming local appearance — which, no doubt, will be as special as that first Northfield Reads! event. Plus, it’s on sale for 15 percent off through May 1!

Here’s a summary of the book:

In 1915 Minnesota, novelist Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives simply with his wife and son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself. Glendon has spent years in obscurity, but the guilt he harbors for abandoning his wife, Blue, over two decades ago, has lured him from hiding.

As the modern age marches swiftly forward, Glendon aims to travel back to his past — heading to California to seek Blue’s forgiveness. Beguiled and inspired, Monte soon finds himself leaving behind his own family to embark for the unruly West with his fugitive guide. As they desperately flee from the relentless Charles Siringo, an ex-Pinkerton who’s been hunting Glendon for years, Monte falls ever further from his family and the law, to be tempered by a fiery adventure from which he may never get home.

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