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If All 2004: Biography of Leif Enger

Biography of Leif Enger

Leif Enger was born in 1961 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Don and Wilma Enger, a band leader and a teacher, respectively, at Osakis High School.


engerleifEnger met Robin Reed when they were both students at Moorhead State University, he studying English and she studying Education. They have been married for 20 years.

Enger worked as a reporter and producer for the Minnesota Public Radio program “Mainstreet Radio”for 16 years before the success of Peace Like a River.

Writing with his brother Lin under the pen name L.L. Enger, Enger co-wrote five mystery novels about a retired baseball player named Gun Pedersen for Pocket and Simon & Schuster in the early 1990s.

Enger currently lives on a 56-acre tract that includes farmland and forest near Aitkin, Minnesota with Robin, and their home-schooled sons, Ty and John. Peace Like a River is his debut novel.