For some reason, books set in Minnesota aren’t that easy to find. I picked this one up because of the setting – Lake Superior. Author Curt Brown does an amazing job of researching and telling about the great storm of 1905, one which claimed the lives of dozens of sailors, accounted for the loss of 7 ships and damaged many more. This book had me riveted from start to finish. When Brown described the storm – the wind, the icy water, the blinding snow and freezing temperatures – I could totally relate, I live only a few hundred miles from Lake Superior. What these poor men went through really tugged at my heart, and I found myself shivering in sympathy.
This was a fantastic book – reminiscent of David Laskin’s The Children’s Blizzard. Highly recommend!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008