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Set against the powerful lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota, Safe from the Sea is a heartfelt novel in which a son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other.

Meanwhile, Noah’s own struggle to make a life with an absent father has found its real reward in his relationship with his sagacious wife, Natalie, whose complications with infertility issues have marked her husband’s life in ways he only fully realizes as the reconciliation with his father takes shape.

Peter Geye has delivered an archetypal story of a father and son, of the tug and pull of family bonds, of Norwegian immigrant culture, of dramatic shipwrecks and the business and adventure of Great Lakes shipping in a setting that simply casts a spell over the characters as well as the reader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Geye tackles the subjects of death, dying, and living with admirable insight and courage…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.” Library Journal
  • “A rich, satisfying novel about family members who make amends after a lifetime of estrangement.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “A reader can just about feel the cold spray of Lake Superior and taste the softness of the lefse…The best sections of Safe From the Sea are the stories Olaf tells, and the questions Noah asks, especially about the tragedy of the Ragnarøk. What we expect from a man vs nature story is not that man will win, but that man will be wise and valiant, and give it everything he has. Olaf’s account of the wreck lives up to the great tradition of adventure storytelling. His pain about the shipwreck is not only survivor’s angst, but also specific guilt about a lost shipmate that he has never shared before…Olaf’s last wish presents Noah with a watery physical challenge of his own, and gives the back end of the novel a touch of fairy tale, a la late John Cheever.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “A finely crafted first novel…Give this book to readers of David Guterson and Robert Olmstead, who will be captured by the themes of approaching death and the pain and solace provided by nature.”


  • “A lyric story of familial strife and reconciliation…Geye excels at capturing the importance of life’s seemingly small moments and at cataloging their beauty…Geye shows how relationships—however flawed the participants—can be salvaged and strengthened when people strive to make things work through understanding and the search for and sharing of the truth.”


  • “Geye is a skilled and subtle observer. Throughout the book, readers are given an affectionate and perceptive view of roughhewn northern Minnesota, not only its Walden-esque lakes and forests, but also its thrifty and honest people…He also excels in creating characters who are ordinary and exceptional at the same time—high praise for any author. The characters in Safe from the Sea are maturely-crafted; there are no heroes or villains in the book, just good people working through tough issues with grace and good humor.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “A deep hearted novel of bitten lives lived out on the cold shore of a ferocious world. In the silence of their existence, the dignity of their bearing, Geye compassionately renders the magnitudes of their despair, endurance, and greatness.”

    Robert Olmstead

  • Selected for the October 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/18/2011

    " Eventually I'll put together a full review. But for now, I'm just going to say...this book made me cry. Twice. I never cry when I read a book. That may just be all I need to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jay | 2/17/2011

    " Can't say enough how impressed I was by Geye's debut book. Every friend I've recommended this to has absolutely loved it. It's beautiful and touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/30/2011

    " this is a great book that a friend recommended to me. I am just about finished with it. It takes place on Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota, and is mostly about a ship wreck and the relationship between a man and his father. I am enjoying it immenseley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin | 12/2/2010

    " Psychological acuity about fathers and sons, stunning descriptions of one of the most ruggedly beautiful places in America–the North Shore of Superior. "

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