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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312132085, Hardcover)In the wet spring of 1852, a small band of Indiana farm families sets off for California, lured west by the promise of a better life. Men, women, and children, the Muller party crosses treacherous rivers, slogs through mud and thunderstorms, and hauls wagons up and down mountains and over baking deserts in a seven-month journey across our raw continent.
Among them is Alice Muller, a reluctant traveler forced to leave home by her husband Henry's dreams of prosperity. But the Mullers greatly underestimate the hardships they will face, and it is ultimately Alice who must draw on the deepest reserves of body and soul to lead the little group of bone-weary emigrants through their final miles. In doing so, Alice changes from a dutiful farm wife into a woman capable of deep commitment, strong actions, and profound self-knowledge.
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In 1852 a band of farmers from Indiana begin a trip in a wagon train to California. Among them is Alice Muller, a reluctant traveller forced to leave home by her husband's dreams of a better life. It is she who chronicles the journey's hardships, in the course of which she becomes the leader.
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