The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party (Paperback)

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It's approaching that time of year where we all like to get cozy under our electric blankets with a hot apple cider in hand. If you're lucky, you might be surrounded by the ones you love the most during the magical season. It's also the perfect time to dream up hypotheticals like 'how much sustenance would mom provide if I had to resort to eating her during a blizzard in 1846?' or 'how does one overcome paradoxical undressing while suffering from hypothermia', which means you should obsoletely get this book.

— From Sarah C

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

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From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier

“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” — Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

In April of 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 pioneers 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 legendary 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.

About the Author


Daniel James Brown is the author of The Boys in the Boat and Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894. He lives in the country east of Redmond, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.

Praise For…


“An ideal pairing of talent and material. . . . Engrossing. . . . A deft and endearing storyteller.”
— Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

“Daniel James Brown brings the myth to life, transforming faint history class memories into gripping reality.”
— BookPage

“[Brown] tells the tale with a novelist’s touch.”
— Boston Globe

“A compelling retelling of the ghastly events surrounding the Donner party. Daniel James Brown, using one survivor’s experience as his focus, moves beyond the cardboard figures depicted in previous accounts and shows how the lucky few endured and survived.”
— Irvin Molotsky, author of The Flag, The Poet and the Song: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner

“In this gripping narrative, Brown reveals the extremes of endurance that underlie the history of this nation, and more than that, of humanity in any part of the world, even today, surviving great peril in search of a better life.”
— Nina Burleigh

“A skillful, suspenseful study of the Donner Party. ... Brown creates a thorough and unique narrative. A moving man-against-nature tragedy that still resonates today.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkable. ... Hard to put down.”
— Seattle Times


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061348112
ISBN-10: 0061348112
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: P.S.