Captures the Feel of the North Country,
This review is from: Safe from the Sea (Hardcover)
SAFE FROM THE SEA is a story about a son coming to reconcile with his dying father in his northwoods cabin in the Minnesota arrowhead region. The father, a retired ore-boat captain, has been estranged from his son ever since the son's wedding five years ago. Now however, the obligations of family and death pull the son away from his life in Boston and back into the simpler daily orbit of the north woods: chopping wood, fishing, and reminiscing about his youthful roots. Along the way, he learns that when it comes to his feelings toward his father, "it isn't that simple" and he finds revelations from his father and insights into himself that help him close the circle in his father's last days, so that he can look toward the future having integrated the blessings of the past.
I always enjoy books about the Minnesota north shore region, Duluth, Two Harbors, etc. This book conveys that feeling of "being there" which will evoke familiar memories in anyone who has spent time in the area. It also is a moving portrayal of finding dignity in debility and death, a challenge which awaits us all in one form or another.