Peter Geye is an American writer who grew up in Minnesota, his youth was spent ski jumping competitively, and going into the woods on canoe trips with his father. He left the north to do his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of New Orleans where Joseph Boyden was his teacher. Both of these men write about the wilderness as only those who know it can. Peter Geye writes about the not too distant past, and the lake that somehow becomes part of who we are when we live on a the shore of a great body of water – whether it be Lake Superior or Georgian Bay.
Peter Geye is the author of Safe From the Sea, Lighthouse Road and most recently Wintering. His editor at Knopf has guided the likes of Raymond Carver, Patricia Highsmith, and Cormac McCarthy.
Wintering is story of a man and his son, whose journey into the Minnesota wilderness begins as an adventure to spend a winter in the woods; what it becomes is a scheme devised to settle an old debt with a bitter foe. Kirkus Reviews likens Geye to Jack London and Jon Krakauer; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo calls Wintering “profound” and “menacingly beautiful.”
Though Peter Geye’s three novels are quite different, they are all set on Lake Superior’s North Shore, a place that Peter genuinely loves. The landscape of Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road is not too dissimilar to our own – we feel that we know the geography of this place.