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SNOW MOUNTAIN PASSAGE.

by Houston, James D

Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket./like


New York:: Alfred A. Knopf,, 2001.. Very near fine in a like dustjacket.. First printing. A novel of pioneer courage and survival in the face of trouble. Follows the Donner Party, with its cast of young and old adventurers, through its ordeals, with special focus on leader James Frazier Reeds's eight-year old daughter, Patty (Houston now lives in Patty Reed's former house, which gives this book an interesting perspective) . Map endpapers. 317 pp. Dust jacket praise from William Kittredge and Kevin Starr, who praise both the storytelling and the historical accuracy.

Snow Mountain Passage is a powerful retelling of our most dramatic pioneer story--the ordeal of the Donner Party. Through the eyes of James Frazier Reed, one of the group's leaders, and the imagined "Trail Notes" of his daughter Patty, we journey along with the ill-fated group determined, at all costs, to make it to the California territory. James Reed is a proud, headstrong, yet devoted husband and father. As he and his family travel in the "Palace Car," a huge, specially built--and ultimately cumbersome--covered wagon, they thrill to new sights and cope with conflict and constant danger. Yet when a fight between Reed and another driver ends in death, Reed is exiled from the group and heads over the mountains alone. The fate of the other families, including Reed's wife and four children, is sealed when they set out across a new, untested route through the Sierra--their final mountain pass. Arriving at the foothills just as the snows start to fall, they are left stranded for months--starving, freezing, and battling to survive--while Reed journeys across northern California, trying desperately to find means and men for a rescue party. An extraordinary tale of pride and redemption, Snow Mountain Passage is a brilliantly imagined and grippingly told story straight from American history. *National Bestseller




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