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The Lighthouse Road: A Novel by Peter Geye
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The Lighthouse Road: A Novel

by Peter Geye

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Norwegian immigrant in the lumber camps of Grand Marais. ken liked it too. Od and his fishing boat and world.
  splinfo | Mar 31, 2018 |
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  mgriel | Jan 18, 2016 |
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I love a book that isn't black and white, that explores a character's inner life and keeps me thinking after reading. The Lighthouse Road, like Safe From the Sea, is very evocative in setting without being overly poetic. Like Willa Cather, this sense of setting is intricately entwined with the people who live in the area: the characters wouldn't be who they are without the setting, and the setting wouldn't be what it is without the characters. If you long for some historical fiction that goes beyond the plot, The Lighthouse Road fits the bill. It is introspective and deep, while also straightforward and balanced. ( )
  melopher | Jan 15, 2014 |
The Lighthouse Road is as deep and intricate as the reader's imagination will allow. What were the conditions within which your great-Grandparents grew up? How did plain folks really live around the turn of the last century? ( )
  ewrinc | Sep 25, 2013 |
Slightly confusing in switching back and forth between timelines, characters.
Was interested in the portrayals of the Lake Superior setting. (Minnesota, but of course, comparable to northern MI and UP)
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Complex human beings on the pages again.
A worthwhile read. ( )
  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
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Epigraph
I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.
Genesis 3:16
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Again, For Dana
And
In Loving Memory of
My Mother Susan Geye
(1943-2011)
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Some ancient cold had taken root in Thea Eide’s belly, a feeling she’d not yet had but one she knew meant the time was nigh to deliver her baby.
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He hadn’t known, hadn’t ever even suspected that this feeling was in the world to be had.
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Against the wilds of sea and wood, a young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country, abandoned and adrift; in the early 1920s, her orphan son, now grown, falls in love with the one woman he shouldn’t and uses his best skills to build them their own small ark to escape. But their pasts travel with them, threatening to capsize even their fragile hope. In this triumphant new novel, Peter Geye has crafted another deeply moving tale of a misbegotten family shaped by the rough landscape in which they live--often at the mercy of wildlife and weather--and by the rough edges of their own breaking hearts.
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In the wilds of early-twentieth-century Duluth, Minnesota, the orphan son of a immigrant woman tries to build a life for himself and the woman he loves.

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