Bernadette's Reviews > Safe from the Sea
Safe from the Sea
Nov 25, 2013
Peter Geye wisely sets his first novel in an area he knows well -- Duluth, MN and on the unpredictable shores of Lake Superior. After years of estrangement, Noah returns to reconnect with his dying father, Olaf, one of three survivors of an ore-boat wreck 35 years earlier. Geye brings to life the Northern Minnesota landscape, its immigrant Norwegian culture, the sailing community and loss of the taconite industry with an keen and compassionate eye. Olaf's telling of the story of the shipwreck gave me chills. I felt like I was right there in this isolated spot in the woods with a father and son as they fish, chop wood, shovel snow, laugh and cry while working to resolve their long-time issues. As a Minnesota native I found this a remarkably good read.
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November 25, 2013 – Shelved