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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride (MP3 CD)
In 1846, a wagon-train of 87 pioneers traveled westward in search of a better life. Only 48 of them would survive. While traveling this route was common, the party faced unusual circumstances leading to tragedy and horror. Brown introduces us to Sarah Graves, a young bride with her family. His focus on Sarah gives the reader a feeling of empathy and an intimate understanding of the journey, breathing life into an event marked by brutality, while maintaining a historian’s perspective. Far beyond educating the reader, Brown creates a unique understanding of the group and the humanity of its members.— Caitlin
June 2009 Indie Next List
“Daniel James Brown makes you feel as though you are there with the ill-fated members of the wagon train led by George Donner through the Sierra Nevada in 1846. A compulsive read.”
— Maryjude Hoeffel, Bookin' It, Little Falls, MN
In April 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most infamous events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah's journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.