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'Answer Creek' tells Donner Party travel journey


Because I write fiction set in the American West, sooner or later I knew I’d be compelled to tell an Oregon Trail story. But why any trail story? If I was going to tackle this subject, I decided to take on one of the most difficult and misunderstood narratives in American history.

Isn’t everyone a bit intrigued by the Donner Party saga? We recall the story of these ill-fated travelers from high school history classes, and what do we remember?

Cannibalism. Even though there’s no avoiding gruesome detail, I focused on the emigrants’ collective humanity through the eyes of fictional...

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