Western Lit: Moral Western ‘Crossing Purgatory’ Thoughtfully Tells the Story of a Grieving Pioneer

Thompson Grey abandons his Indiana farm in 1858 and joins a caravan of pioneers trekking west along the Santa Fe Trail in Gary Schanbacher’s accomplished new novel, Crossing Purgatory, a moral Western that questions what any decent human being owes another amid the harsh conditions of the American frontier. After Thompson’s wife and sons die […]