Date(s) - 09/30/22
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library
Join us in the Great Northern Room at the Cambridge Public Library when we welcome award-winning Minnesota author Peter Geye. Peter will present his new novel The Ski Jumpers which will be released on September 13, 2022. This event is free and open to all! Tickets or reservations are not required. The Cambridge Friends of the Library will be serving refreshments after Peter’s presentation and during his book signing.
All of Peter’s books are available in the bookstore and will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Peter was the 2013 Cambridge Community Read author for his novel, Safe From the Sea , and went on to write his Lighthouse Road trilogy, winning the Minnesota Book Award for best novel, as well as the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Wintering.
About The Ski Jumpers:
“A writer and former ski jumper facing a terminal diagnosis takes one more leap—into a past of soaring flights and broken family bonds.
A brilliant ski jumper has to be fearless—Jon Bargaard remembers this well. His memories of daring leaps and risks might be the key to the book he’s always wanted to write: a novel about his family, beginning with Pops, once a champion ski jumper himself, who also took Jon and his younger brother Anton to the heights. But Jon has never been able to get past the next, ruinous episode of their history, and now that he has received a terrible diagnosis, he’s afraid he never will.
In a bravura performance, Peter Geye follows Jon deep into the past he tried so hard to leave behind, telling the story he spent his life escaping. It begins with a flourish, his father and his hard-won sweetheart fleeing Chicago, and a notoriously ruthless gangster, to land in North Minneapolis. That, at least, was the tale Jon heard, one that becomes more and more suspect as he revisits the events that eventually tore the family in two, sending his father to prison, his mother to the state hospital, and placing himself, a teenager, in charge of thirteen-year-old Anton. Traveling back and forth in time, Jon tells his family’s story—perhaps his last chance to share it—to his beloved wife Ingrid, circling ever closer to the truth about those events and his own part in them, and revealing the perhaps unforgivable violence done to the brothers’ bond.”
Bookseller note: Although The Ski Jumpers is a stand-alone novel, Olaf and Noah, the father and son in Safe From the Sea, reappear and play an important role in The Ski Jumpers story. We recommend reading Safe from the Sea while you wait for the release of The Ski Jumpers!
Thank you to the East Central Regional Library and the
Cambridge Friends of the Library for cosponsoring this event!