"No author today writes from a sense of place as brilliantly as Peter Geye. Geye's The Lighthouse Road takes place in a broodingly atmospheric Northern Minnesota, peopled by tragic characters so influenced by their unforgiving environment, they can't recognize love when they see it. This is a story that lingers long after you turn the last page."
—Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been
"We've all appreciated books set in America 's western frontier because of the way that hardship reveals the extremes of human nature. In The Lighthouse Road, I was captivated by the portrayal of the main characters. I was chilled by the vivid descriptions of the logging camp and Lake Superior. But most of all, what great storytelling. I slowed down reading to try to make the book last longer, even as I stayed up through the night to find consolation. Thank you for putting this treasure into my hands."
—Anne Storan, Paragraphs Books, Mount Vernon, OH
"To be submerged in the frothing, watery world of Peter Geye's The Lighthouse Road is to be baptized anew in the promise of American letters. I defy you to bear witness to the tormented tenderness of Odd Eide, to suffer and love and row beside him in his skiff, without throwing down your nets. Here is an epic that spans more than generations. Here is an epic that spans the topography between hell-dark bear dens and moonlit lake water. Here is a novel that charts the whole of the human heart."
—Bruce Machart, author of The Wake of Forgiveness
"The Lighthouse Road is a small marvel of a book. The story is set in northern Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Geye's expert rendering of a time long past -- the brutality of backwoods logging camps, the heartbreak of an era when immigration meant never going home again, the logistics of whiskey-running -- is matched by the complexity and depth of his characters. A beautifully written, elegantly constructed novel."
—Emily St. John Mandel
"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."
"The Lighthouse Road is exciting, moving, surprising, and original. I highly recommend it for individual enjoyment and for lively book club discussions."
--Nancy Simpson Brice, Book Vault, IA
“The idea of encapsulating any good novel in two or three sentences is silly. Good novels are all similar in one way: they are messy. And complicated. The simple facts of this book contain whiskey, an apothecary, fish and boats. Peter Geye, in The Lighthouse Road has created a world that is great fun to inhabit for however many, or few, hours it takes.”
—Hans Weyandt, Micawber's Books, MN
“Peter Geye is a real talent. I always have a special respect for writers who can capture a sense of place. He reminds me of the good books by Ivan Doig and Leif Enger, with some of the classic old men of the sea thrown in….An intricate narrative perfectly balanced and hand-carved, not unlike Odd's boat.”
—Geoffrey Jennings, Next Chapter Bookshop