The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye


Reviewed by Pat P (Library Staff)

I started this book not knowing entirely if I would like the 1890’s Minnesota lumber camp setting. As the setting moved to the 1920’s and back again, and the characters were developed, I couldn’t put the book down. Odd is introduced as he is born to Thea, a young Norwegian who immigrated to Minnesota to live with her aunt and uncle, only to find that situation was no longer available to her. Thea finds shelter and work thanks to a local merchant, Hosea. As the book progresses in both time frames, the impact of Hosea’s influence on Thea, and in time on Odd, is far-reaching. Geye’s characters in this book are built to face the troubles they encounter head on and cluster together to fight against them. The last chapter pulls the events together and puts a worthy end to the book.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC GEYE

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