Two of Minnesota’s best authors explore the North Star State’s dark side.
In Thomas Maltman’s new novel, Little Wolves, a tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town.
Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.
"A complicated portrait of a prairie town, a meditation on violence, a fantasia of myth and folklore, and a knockout murder mystery, Little Wolves is haunting, at times terrifying, a gothic cousin to Kent Haruf's Plainsong. I loved this book."--Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh
"The poetry of this prose and the suspense of the plot, along with the intensity of characterization will have many readers comparing Thomas Maltman to Cormac McCarthy--that greatest of compliments--for very good reason. This novel is a work of high art by the real thing."--Laura Kasischke, author of Space, in Chains and The Life Before Her Eyes
The Lighthouse Road is a stunning saga of Minnesota logging camps, desperate winters, whiskey smuggling, heartache, boat building and dangerous love.
Against the wilds of sea and wood, a young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country, abandoned and adrift. In the early 1920s, her son, now grown, falls in love with the one woman he shouldn’t and uses his best skills to build them their own small ark to escape. But their pasts travel with them, threatening to capsize even their fragile hope. In this triumphant new novel, The Lighthouse Road, Peter Geye has crafted another deeply moving tale of a misbegotten family shaped by the rough landscape where they live at the mercy of wildlife and weather--and by the rough edges of their own breaking hearts.
“The Lighthouse Road is a cinematic thundercloud gusting across the northern landscape Peter Geye so clearly loves. With its conflicted heroes and their seafaring, bootlegging, lumber-camp agonies, this book understands hard work and heartbreak -- it takes no shortcuts but delivers its cargo in generous style, a tale wrapped in blizzards and viewed through the glass eye of history.”--Leif Enger, author of Peace Like A River
Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he continues to live with his wife and three kids. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, his MFA from the University of New Orleans, and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he taught creative writing and was editor of Third Coast. He has also been a bartender, bookseller, banker, copywriter, and cook. He is the author of the award-winning novel, Safe from the Sea. Learn more at www.petergeye.com.