Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye
Unbridled Books, Denver, 2010
Borrowed from the library.
I am impressed by the books being published by Unbridled Books. Every one I have read has been good or excellent, they are taking risks with unknown authors and I have about 4 more of their titles on my TBR list at the library.
Peter Geye has written a wonderful first novel. Safe from the Sea delves deep into the dynamics of family, what we keep secret, what we think we know and what we finally need to confess.
Noah Torr returns to Minnesota to take care of his ailing father, Olaf. He has been away and out of contact with his father for a long time. A great tragedy, the sinking of a ship on Lake Superior in which all but three crew members drowned, had caused Olaf to turn away from his family, to turn to drinking for solace. As Noah learns the seriousness of his father’s illness and contemplates his own marriage, Olaf tells his story. This is a simple and beautiful novel, its sense of place only adds depth to its emotional impact.
I had read good things from other bloggers about Safe from the Sea but, I admit, quotes from some of my favorite authors including Alyson Hagy, Ron Rash and Joseph Boyden convinced me to give it a try. It was definitely worth reading and I look forward to reading more of Peter Geye’s writing.
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