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There are two stories in play here, bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding northernmost Minnesota wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint--instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He'd done this once before, thirty-some years earlier, in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme to him--winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters--as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs' journeys of discovery. It's certainly a journey Gus has never forgotten. Now--with his father pronounced dead--he relates its every detail to Berit Lovig, who'd waited nearly thirty years for Harry, her passionate conviction finally fulfilled for the last two decades. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging lady wrestling with her own, and with the entire history of Gunflint.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101946466
Branch Call Number: GEYE
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 14, 2020

I wanted to like this Minnesota book, but could not bond with the characters... Disappointed. Only one paw up from Abby Tabby & Kristi

Jan 05, 2017

Original and beautifully written. Highly recommend.

Oct 19, 2016

Gus Eide recounts a life-altering trip he took in the 1960s with his father Harry into Minnesota’s borderlands—Canada’s Quentico Provential Park—to his father’s long-time love Birgit Lovig.

If you read his book ‘The Lighthouse Road,’ it’s fairly certain you’ll like this one. I couldn’t stay with that book to the end. But, this story with many of the same characters and secrets was a page-turner for me. Lyrical, no doubt a year’s best read. A must-read if you love outdoor adventures in places like Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.

Oct 03, 2016

Something about Geye's description of being "out in the woods" reminds me of my winters in Wisconsin. The story, however, is about survival- the survival of family stories, the survival in the wilderness, survival in a family feud. It wasn't a fun read but was extremely captivating.

Sep 24, 2016

Beautifully written, purposely slow in its exposition, and getting much-deserved praise. I just, personally, had a hard time getting into the plot.

Jul 04, 2016

I would have given this novel a higher rating, however, I was frustrated in my attempt to understand in the beginning, the relationships of the characters. It seems the author assumed the reader was familiar with his previous novel. I was not. Had that been clarified, the rest of the novel was a worthy read. There were many dimensions to the story, yet it reminds us as we get older, of the threads that have woven our lives, and influenced the outcome of our own history. There is beauty to his descriptions, and many passages prompted me to stop and reflect on the words. There was a depth to this book that could well be embraced by some, and overlooked by others.

Jun 23, 2016

A beautifully written and compelling story. Part outdoor adventure as Gus tells of the harrowing winter he and his father spent together in 1963, and part family drama as Berit tells about the town's history and the Eide family's part in it. I didn't realize this was the 2nd book in a series. I will now have to read the Lighthouse Road.


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