Peter Geye's debut novel, Safe from the Sea, won the 2011 Indie Lit
Award for fiction and the 2010 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. It
was also longlisted for the Morning News Tournament of Books and the
LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. In 2012 the film
rights were purchased by Hello! and Company.
He is a graduate of the Low-res MFA program at the university of New
Orleans and he has a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he
was editor of Third Coast.
His sophomore novel, The Lighthouse Road, will be published by
Unbridled Books in October of 2012 and has already garnered generous
praise from some of the finest contemporary novelists at work today.
"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 international bestseller The Wake of
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, author of The Singer's Gun
"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."
--Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh