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Safe from the sea
Peter Geye
Adult Fiction GEYE

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In this deeply moving, powerfully realized debut novel, an estranged father and son find reconciliation in the final week of the father's life. Under the pressure of a terminal illness, the two finally speak honestly about their dreams, regrets, and choices. Setting his book almost entirely in the father's ramshackle cabin near Duluth, MN, Geye tackles the subjects of death, dying, and living with admirable insight and courage. Olaf, the father, is a curmudgeonly, headstrong former ship's captain who was one of three survivors from a massive coal freighter that sank on Lake Superior. Olaf lost many close friends and was haunted for the rest of his life by the memory of one friend he felt he could have saved. This event had catastrophic repercussions for his young family. VERDICT Geye engages the complexities of family dynamics skillfully and handles especially well the kind of family grudges and misunderstandings that can cripple relationships for decades, as they do here. Inspiring, wise, and enthusiastically recommended for all readers.-Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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