"California was the Golden Land. The story of going there, to a paradise of orchards and gardens, is an American defining epic. Nobody has told it better than Jim Houston in Snow Mountain Passage. What a splendid novel."
—William Kittredge, author of The Nature of Generosity
"Snow Mountain Passage is not just a terrific read–full of incident, history, heartbreak, and actual heroism–it is also an elegant, beautifully wrought novel of great passion and love within a family. I don’t know a book like it. It’s wonderful."–Richard Ford
"I have always loved Jim Houston’s writing. I love Jim Houston. As always, Snow Mountain Passage breathes with his spirit of kindness and generosity." — Carolyn Kizer
"A vivid retelling of the Donner Party’s 1846 winter ordeal . . .This is one of the essential stories of the American westward movement, and seldom has it been told with such exemplary passion and pathos. Is there yet any doubt that the historical novel is alive and well once again? Houston has made another significant contribution to the genre’s revival." —Kirkus Starred Review
"Haunting and immediate . . . reveals its protagonists in all their vulnerability." — Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Snow Mountain Passage is a dazzling achievement. James D. Houston chronicles the American Experience like no other writer I know. With prose as honest and lyrical as the Sierras themselves, he weaves a story that is compelling, heart wrenching, and ultimately redemptive. And he does so with the fine eye of a true master." –Connie May Fowler