These days I get two questions a lot.
The first: Do you think you're Tamsen Donner reincarnated?
The long and the short answer to that is Nope.
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Of the 81 pioneers trapped in the mountains, a little over half survived. Even if it were provable that no one turned to cannibalism, why do people today care so much whether they did or didn't?
Three very different portraits of motherhood are presented in Jodi Picoult's House Rules and Gabrielle Burton's Impatient with Desire and Searching for Tamsen Donner; what all three books have in common is a vibrant portrayal of mother as hero.
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