* A finalist for the Washington State Book Award
* An “Indie Next Notable Pick” (Association of American Booksellers)
* A New York Times “Editor’s Pick” (May 10, 2009)
* A Featured Alternate Selection for the following book clubs: Book of the Month Club, The History Book Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and BOMC2.
* Now available in paperback and various electronic editions, including Kindle.
The Indifferent Stars Above traces the footsteps of Sarah Graves, a young bride who left her home in Illinois in the spring of 1846, bound for California. Along the way, she and her new husband became members of the notorious and ill-fated Donner Party and ran into a world of trouble. Sarah’s story is among the least known but most compelling aspects of the Donner Party tragedy. Library Journal calls the book “a fresh and intriguing telling.”
What makes it so intriguing? Perhaps most importantly the fact that, unlike so many who died while waiting for rescue, Sarah was one of a handful of the Donner Party members who attempted to hike out of the Sierra Nevada to save herself and her family. What transpired during her thirty-two day trek may startle you, may horrify you, or may fill you with admiration for the human spirit, but it will always, I’m confident, compel your attention.