a Novel by Peter Geye
Knopf (Penguin Random House)
June 7, 2016.
Hardcover, $26.95. ISBN: 9781101946466
An exceptional and acclaimed writer joins Knopf with his third novel, far and away his most masterful book yet.
"The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy's name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting." --Richard Russo
"No one depicts northern Minnesota like Peter Geye. In prose so lush and luminous that it is practically poetry, Geye returns to the north shore and the characters he created in THE LIGHTHOUSE ROAD. This tale of a father and son's quest for truth, love, and understanding will haunt you long after you turn the final exquisite page. WINTERING is a modern American masterpiece." -- Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books (Excelsior, MN)
“The century-long story of the Eide family unfolds with a quiet intensity that kept me turning pages for suspense and character development in equal measure. Silence and cold pervade both the wilderness setting and the taciturn characters who inhabit it, making the occasional fire glow with that much more warmth.” -- Emily Adams, Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)
“An elegant, quietly profound, and harrowing novel. I loved this book.” —Emily St. John Mandel
There are two stories in play here, bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding northernmost Minnesota wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint—instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He’d done this once before, thirty-some years earlier, in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme to him—winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters—as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs’ journeys of discovery. It’s certainly a journey Gus has never forgotten.
Now—with his father pronounced dead—he relates its every detail to Berit Lovig, who’d waited nearly thirty years for Harry, her passionate conviction finally fulfilled for the last two decades. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging lady wrestling with her own, and with the entire history of Gunflint.
Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, where he lives with his wife and their three children. His previous novels are Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road.
The Bell in the Bridge
A Children's Book by Ted Kooser
Illustrated by Barry Root
May 10, 2016.
Hardcover, $16.99. ISBN: 9780763664817
Is the sound Charlie hears from the bridge an echo, or is someone else out there? A lyrical, resonant story by poet Ted Kooser, splendidly illustrated by Barry Root.
Root has created a rural landscape in watercolor-and-gouache paintings in a palette of avocado and ochre that captures a feeling of heat and stillness…A bucolic story with more adult than child appeal. — Kirkus Reviews
When Charlie visits his hardworking grandparents in the summer, he often is left to himself, and he is lonely. So he goes out to play by the stream, with a tin can for tadpoles, a special weed-whacking stick, and stones to drop from the iron bridge. One day he notices that when he strikes the bridge with a big stone, it rings with a bong like a church bell and echoes into the valley. And sometimes a faint, very distant, different-sounding bong comes back. Is it an echo of an echo? Or could someone else, like him, be ringing another bridge altogether? The Bell in the Bridge reverberates with the mysteries and possibilities of childhood discovery, enhanced by illustrations that echo the warmth and magic of a solo summertime adventure.
Ted Kooser was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems Delights & Shadows. His picture books include Bag in the Wind, also illustrated by Barry Root, and House Held Up by Trees, a New York Times Book Review 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Ted Kooser lives in Garland, Nebraska.
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The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
A Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt/Macmillan)
May 10, 2016
Hardcover, $27.00. ISBN: 9781627794947
From the Minnesota Book Award-winning author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America.
In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.
Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt his orphanhood. He would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until, one day, a song was born.
Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine.
Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a love story -- of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.
Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. Her work has been published in Longreads and the Virginia Quarterly. Yang, who has taught at Columbia University and Concordia University-St. Paul, among other places, lives in Minnesota.