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Vail Public Library's Book Discussion Group

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This month's selection is "Impatient with Desire: The Lost Journal of Tamsen Donner" by Gabreille Burton

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  • Adults
When October 17, 2012
from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where Vail Public Library's Fireside Lounge
Contact Name Lori Barnes
Contact Email
Contact Phone 970-479-2194
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This month's selection is "Impatient with Desire: The Lost Journal of Tamsen Donner" by Gabreille Burton. Summary: The story of the Donner Party is retold in Burton's novel, which reimagines the tragedy through the eyes of Tamsen Donner, 45-year-old wife of George Donner, the leader of the party that, in 1846, set out from Springfield, Ill., for California and wound up snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the winter. In journal entries and letters to her sister, Tamsen dutifully recounts her early life in Massachusetts, Donner's courtship, their decision to move to California, and the blunders that ate up time and trapped their party for four months in the mountain snow, where Tamsen proves to be a pillar of strength for her injured husband, their family, and the other families depending upon them for survival. and Shine."

Light refreshments will be served, all are welcome to attend.