Having named Leif Enger's wonderful first novel, Peace Like a River, as a charter member of the SWNID Fiction Club, we now heartily appoint his second, So Brave, Young, and Handsome.
The novel is a story set in the fading American Western Frontier, an elegy for the Old West as the modern world takes hold. More than that, it is, like its predecessor, a meditation on biblical ideas.
Enger is a fluent writer who gives his characters distinctive voices. He clearly loves his characters. And he manages to do what few writers of so-called Christian fiction even approach: writing a story that is theologically informed without appearing contrived.
For a notion of what's up, we recommend the brief video interview with Enger available here.