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Book Title: The Lighthouse Road|
The author of the book: Peter Geye
Edition: Center Point
Date of issue: December 1st 2013
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Reader ratings: 6.7
ISBN 13: 9781611739497
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Moving to and fro amongst various pivotal years between 1893 and 1937, The Lighthouse Road tells the story of Thea Eide, of Odd, Rebekah and Hosea. It is set not far from Duluth, Minnesota, on the banks of Lake Superior. The scenery is magnificent, the climate is harsh, wolves are howling and bears are hibernating with their young.
Thea is a young Norwegian girl sent by her parents to America for a better life. And so she arrives in Gunflint at the age of seventeen. In order not to give away too much of the plot, let’s just say that things don’t pan out quite as planned for Thea.
This is as much Odd’s story as it is Thea’s. Odd’s journey through these page is one of self discovery, of who he really is as a person and what it is that is truly important in his life.
But what about Rebekah? Will she find what she wants in life?
Hosea Grimm runs a lucrative business. He is doctor, apothecary and has some other sidelines. He takes Thea, Rebekah and Odd into his home, but what is his agenda?
To say more would be to say too much, but I leave you with some of my favourite quotes - within spoiler tags!
“Years later, whenever he tried to reconcile the defining moments of his childhood with the man he had become, he thought of that moment on the precipice as a divine one, when he became, for better or worse, the person he would always be.”
"Strange to think there were moments when you could live completely outside your mind, stranger still to think how seldom those moments came to pass."
"It dawned on him at once that the space where his eyeball once had been looked an awful lot like a miniature version of the cave entrance in which he had lost it."
"The words surprised Thea, but she grabbed hold of them."
"He closed his eyes, felt the urge to cry, and couldn't tell whether those almost-tears were for him or for her. He knew he felt her fear and sadness and loneliness vicariously, could glean her kindness and gentleness from the simple cast of her eyes."
"Odd smiled, though nothing was funny. The blind eye was a bad disease in this town. They shook hands and parted without another word.”
(Here Odd refers to metaphorical blind eyes as well as a physical blind eye.)
""Are you happy?" he asked.
"I'm here," she said."
"He hadn't known, hadn't ever even suspected, that this feeling was in the world to be had."
"In this way she moved forward, her fear and guilt always like a shadow."
"The lie that was his life and that had been lived for so long had come back to get him. The truth was no longer a thing to even imagine."
"All he saw were the unborn days ahead, their emptiness, and his place among the countless hours. In the instant of that realization, it was as though he aged all the hours yet allotted to him."
"Someday your child will be full of wants. What they'll want more than anything, whether they know it or not, is for you to cherish them."
"Odd sat there for a long time, staring at his hands folded on his lap, thinking it was easier to read the lake than this woman."
"Had she really traveled so far to end up where she'd started?"
"As she paced the small apartment it began to seem she was chasing herself, that she had literally become two people: the one pacing—worried and weak and vacant—and the one she used to be, a shadow, trying to keep up. She knew she had to close the distance between herself and the shadow."
"He read every night, not because he was becoming a believer but because any story was better than the one he was living."
"He'd never held a child before, never suspected that something that had weighed so heavily in his mind could be so light in his hands."
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Read information about the authorPeter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PHD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and continues to live there with his wife and three children.
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