Why a novel about the Donner Party is the perfect thing right now

“Disasters are fascinating,” Wolf says. “You know what’s going to happen, and you know it’s going to be bad, but the characters don’t.”

The Mountain Xpress  interviewed me about the new book.  It gives some background on how I did my research, and touches on why this book is so relevant right now. Like all good stories, we are drawn in to relate to the characters, and gain insight into how they behaved under difficult circumstances. You can’t help but see eerie similarities to our current crisis.

How do you keep your humanity in a situation like that? So I guess this book, like COVID, it’s just a bunch of average, normal people who have something thrust upon them.

Thanks to staff writer Edwin Arnaudin!