The Lighthouse Road (Hardcover)
October 2012 Indie Next List
“The hurts and burdens of the past as well as the cold and unforgiving North Country conspire against the happiness of the beautifully drawn characters in Geye's latest novel. Even on a journey to a new town in a specially crafted boat, Rebekah and Odd cannot escape the past. People are not always what they seem to be in this story, and outcomes cannot be predicted. A compelling read from an author of great skill and versatility.”
— Vicki Erwin, Main Street Books, St.Charles, MO
A novel of scandal and ice, Lighthouse Road is an exceptional work.
Peter Geye's second novel is a tale of love, betrayal, hope, and loss.
It runs the gamut of human emotion, immersing the reader into a
complicated relationship between an older woman and a younger man in the
1890s. I guarantee most readers will close the book with a bang and
immediately pick up the phone to call someone to talk about it. Perfect
for book clubs!
"Peter Geye writes with the mesmerizing power of the snowstorms that so often come howling off Lake Superior. I am in awe of how he swirls through so many years and juggles so many characters, all of them unforgettable and weighed down by secrets and regrets and desires that burn through the hoarfrost of Geye's bristling sentences." Benjamin Percy
Geye (Safe from the Sea) returns to his familiar setting, the unforgiving landscape of northern Minnesota, and brings the plight of Norwegian immigrants vividly to life. On a cold November in 1896, a son is born to Thea Eide, a cook in a primitive logging camp. She succumbs to fever, and the boy, named Odd, is left in the care of his guardian, Hosea Grimm. Grimm delivers babies, sets broken bones, and runs an apothecary in the town of Gunflint. As a young man, Odd despairs of ever getting away from Hosea and his other enterprises, bootlegging and prostitution, but he develops a plan: build and outfit his boat so he can escape with Grimm’s daughter, Rebekah. When Rebekah announces she’s expecting their baby, Odd accelerates their plans to leave for Duluth just as winter is setting in. He is able to provide for his new family as a boat builder, but there are no happy endings here, only resilience and resolve to carry on. Odd is determined that his son will not experience a loss as he did. VERDICT With spare realism, Geye puts a fresh spin on a familiar tale, rendering a powerful portrayal of family bonds in an era long past. Highly recommended. Library Journal
In his second novel, Geye brings the wilderness of northern Minnesotain a lumberjack camp and a small town and aboard a skiff riding the waves of Lake Superiorto crackling, thundering life. Handled less skillfully, Geye's emphasis on one primary trait in his characterstheir intense longing for somewhere to belong and, at the same time, somewhere to be freemight come off as one-dimensional, but here the story and its people achieve remarkable emotional resonance. The echoes of the characters' heartbreak through the generations are as haunting as the howling of the wolves on the wind.” Booklist, starred review