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Across Death Valley: The Pioneer Journey of Juliet Wells Brier
Based on the remarkable story of Juliet Wells Brier, her husband, and their three sons, and their journey from early-day Salt Lake City to the settlement of Los Angeles during the Gold Rush, Across Death Valley reveals the trials of westernemigration through the eyes ofa womanwhose courage was critical to her family's survival. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by TwoDot
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I bought this book to take with me on our trip to Death Valley, hoping that a harrowing account of pioneer survival would add a certain element of fear to my impression of the place. I didn't realize when I ordered it that it was a fictional account, so I was a bit disappointed when I received it; however, O'Brien really does a fine job of capturing the whole grisly journey in a realistic voice. I was most impressed with her ability to convey the event from a woman's point of view. She really ...more
Probably the best feature of this book is that it was such a quick read, but the story was engrossing and devastating... based on a true account of a family that was forced to cross death valley in 1849, you can only imagine the hardship and sacrifice this entails. I really liked this book.
Once you read this book, it will be a long time before you take a single glass of water for granted. Once again, O'Brien has composed an incredible tribute to our early American women pioneers. These stories are begging to be told, and I'm so glad it's O'Brien who's doing the telling.