Crossing Purgatory

Crossing Purgatory

Book - 2013
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A young farmer in 1858 sets out across the American frontier in an attempt to deal with his guilt at not being home to prevent a devastating family tragedy and finds himself tested in ways he hadn't imagined.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2013
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition
ISBN: 9781605984438
Branch Call Number: FIC SCHANBA
Characteristics: 292 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Aug 12, 2017

#4 of "My Next 5 Books" One of the best books that I have read this year. The critics warmly compared it to works by Larry McMurtry and it won some cowboy type of award. I see it more as a Charles Frazier kind of book with the observations of fauna, flora, weather, geology, and history. It's an emotional and physical journey from a farm in Indiana to a homestead in Colorado on the Santa Fe Trail in 1858. The farmer, filled with grief and guilt suffers hard times during his journey that most of us can hardly imagine. It is not a depressing book. The riveting story, keen observations of nature, and good works balance out the harshness.

Nov 09, 2015

if it make me think I may not want to read it

Oct 07, 2013

Excellent read. Moves along steadily with a good plot. It makes you think.

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