Peter Geye’s ‘Northernmost’ Blends Stories of Love and Survival

by | Dec 2020

Northernmost by Peter Geye

Photo: Sarah Dovolos

Minnesota native Peter Geye has been called “the poet laureate of snow.” In Northernmost, he lyrically reveals the bleakness and beauty of winter while braiding together two remarkable stories of love and survival.

In 1897, Norwegian fisherman Odd Einar Eide makes a treacherous Arctic expedition. Odd’s modern-day descendent in Minnesota, Greta Nansen, is in recovery from a loveless marriage. She ends up visiting Odd’s home of Hammerfest, finding more than just answers about her family’s complex past.
Fleshing out family history, the novel explores themes of isolation and the remarkable resilience of the human heart.


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