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Book three of Eide family saga shows our need “to see ourselves against the world”

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“Northernmost” by Peter Geye, Knopf, 2020, 331 pages, $26.95

“Northernmost” is book three in the exhilarating Eide (pronounced ‘80’) Family Saga by Peter Geye, a series spanning the 19th century to the present in both northern Minnesota and northernmost Norway.

“The Lighthouse Road” from 2012 begins the saga. Thea Eide, a young woman from a village in Norway, searches for a new life in the wilderness of a small town and logging camp in Minnesota. The story of Thea alternates with the struggles of Odd Einar Eide, Thea’s orphaned son, some twenty years later.