The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
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The story moves back and forth in time from the arrival of Thea from her isolated village in arctic Norway in search of a new life in the near wilderness of a small town and logging camp on the shore of Lake Superior to the travails of her orphaned son, Odd, some twenty years later. When Thea’s aunt and uncle do not meet her boat as planned, she’s initially left abandoned with no money or prospects and without speaking the language. Befriended by a local businessman and apothecary with secrets of his own, she obtains work as a cook in the nearby logging camp. While living through one of the coldest and threatening winters in memory, she is raped by an itinerant peddler and petty criminal. She delivers the baby in a blinding snowstorm the next fall, attended by her original benefactor and his “daughter” who is also the town’s surgeon and midwife, but she soon dies of childbirth complications. The apothecary, Grimm, takes the infant into his household and the boy is raised more or less by the entire town, eventually growing up under Grimm’s influence to be a fisherman, smuggler for Grimm’s whiskey trade, and a boat builder. Still, he struggles to find himself and to reconcile the loss of his mother, and he becomes increasingly troubled by Grimm’s criminal enterprises and dirty secrets until an unlikely love affair puts everything on a collision course.
 

About Peter Geye

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Peter Geye received his M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. Also the author of the award-winning novel, Safe from the Sea, he lives in Minnesota.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Unbridled Books. 300 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In Geye%E2%80%99s second novel, Odd Eide is born of a crime into difficult late-19th-century rural Minnesota and orphaned within days. But the real tragic figures in this dour, detached novel are the

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The Lighthouse Road centers on the sense of kith and kinship within a community, in both its quiet moments and disquieting years.

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(She names him Odd after her father.) We come to know Odd twenty years later.

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Full of vivid period details about Minnesota's Arrowhead Region at the turn of the last century, Peter Geye's second novel is a sensitive portrait of an often-brutal landscape.

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Our current feature is Peter Geye’s new novel, The Lighthouse Road, which was published by Unbridled Books in October.

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Whether it’s the system of characters that orbit one another in various or unusual ways or the larger system of interaction between the characters and the natural landscapes they must navigate, the attention drawn to the holistic order of things gives new and satisfying meaning to the movement of...

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