The Ski Jumpers by Peter Geye
From University of Minnesota Press:
The dream of ski jumping haunts Jon Bargaard as his tale unfolds. As thrilling as those soaring flights, as precarious as his family’s complicated love, as tender as Jon’s backward gaze while disease takes him inexorably forward, Peter Geye’s gorgeous prose brings Jon and his brother to the ultimate choice: each other, or the secrets they’ve held tightly for so long.
The Ski Jumpers is a remarkable story about love: between two brothers, and between a father and son. But it's also about the intense love of place, and a time in three lives when gravity had less hold and a spirit might fly. Peter Geye brilliantly captures the physicality of our connection to a landscape and to the moments when—despite incalculable loss—we bring the best of ourselves. — Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars, The River, and The Guide