The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Without the constant juggling of the timeline this book would have been a better read. Moving from Odd's birth through his life in flashforwards and flashbacks meant the narrative thread was often confused - what age was he? where was he living? what was going on? The prose also was erratic, ranging from beautifully sparse to nearly Melville-esque detail (as when Odd bought tools to finish his keel). Again, that's jarring for a reader.
Sadly, as much as I would have enjoyed reading about the Norwegian settlements in the Midwest during the 1890s-1930s, those two problems led to a DNF.
ARC provided by publisher.