Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
Set against the powerful lakeshore of northern Minnesota, Safe from the Sea is the tale of a son, Noah, who returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father 35 years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that divided them emotionally. When his father finally tells of the horrific disaster he carried for 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 reward in his relationship with his wife, Natalie, whose 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.