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History at its finest! Brown uses great skill, detail, and atmosphere to dust off the story of the Donner party in this enthralling read. High adventure, suspense, and drama combine with tragedy to make this outstanding work as readable as a novel.
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In April of 1846, Sarah Graves was twenty-one and in love with a young man who played the violin. But she was torn. Her mother, father, and eight siblings were about to disappear over the western horizon forever, bound for California. Sarah could not bear to see them go out of her life, and so days before the planned departure she married the young man with the violin, and the two of them threw their lot in with the rest of Sarah's family. On April 12, they rolled out of the yard of their homestead in three ox-drawn wagons.

Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, Sarah and her family arrived at Truckee Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains just as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. After a series of desperate attempts to cross the mountains, the party improvised cabins and slaughtered what remained of their emaciated livestock. By early December they were beginning to starve.

Sarah's father, a Vermonter, was the only member of the party familiar with snowshoes. Under his instruction, fifteen sets of snowshoes were hastily constructed from oxbows and rawhide, and on December 15, Sarah and fourteen other relatively young, healthy people set out for California on foot, hoping to get relief for the others. Over the next thirty-two days they endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.

In this gripping narrative, Daniel James Brown takes the reader along on every painful footstep of Sarah's journey. Along the way, he weaves into the story revealing insights garnered from a variety of modern scientific perspectives-psychology, physiology, forensics, and archaeology-producing a tale that is not only spell-binding but richly informative.

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“An ideal pairing of talent and material... Engrossing.” —Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

"Brown draws from the many previously published accounts of the tragedy... but he tells the tale with a novelist's touch." —Boston Globe

 Reminiscent of Into Thin Air, Miracle in the Andes, and the works of Tim OBrien (The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato) and Douglas Brinkley (The Wilderness Warrior, The Great Deluge), The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown (Under a Flaming Sky) reveals the tragic story of the doomed Donner party, as seen through the prism of one young woman who survived.

About the Author

Daniel James Brown is the author of The Boys in the Boat and Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894. He lives in the country east of Redmond, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061774737
Subtitle:
The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
Author:
Brown, Daniel James
Author:
own, Daniel James
Author:
br
Publisher:
HarperLuxe
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Large Print
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
20090519
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.30909 in 22.1 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

History at its finest! Brown uses great skill, detail, and atmosphere to dust off the story of the Donner party in this enthralling read. High adventure, suspense, and drama combine with tragedy to make this outstanding work as readable as a novel.

"Synopsis" by , “An ideal pairing of talent and material... Engrossing.” —Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

"Brown draws from the many previously published accounts of the tragedy... but he tells the tale with a novelist's touch." —Boston Globe

 Reminiscent of Into Thin Air, Miracle in the Andes, and the works of Tim OBrien (The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato) and Douglas Brinkley (The Wilderness Warrior, The Great Deluge), The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown (Under a Flaming Sky) reveals the tragic story of the doomed Donner party, as seen through the prism of one young woman who survived.

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