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In spring of 1858, Thompson Grey, a young farmer, travels to his father’s estate seeking funds to expand his holdings. Far overstaying his visit, he returns home to find that his absence has contributed to a devastating family tragedy. Haunted by remorse, Thompson abandons his farm and begins a westward exile in the attempt to outpace his grief. Unwittingly, he finds himself at journey’s end in the one place where his strongest temptations are able to overtake him and once again put him to the test. Set against the backdrop of the frontier during the years just preceding the Civil War, Crossing Purgatory tells a story of unprincipled ambition, guilt, and the price one man is willing to pay for atonement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This striking tale, a literary Western from Schanbacher, chronicles one momentous year in the life of a plainsman on the eve of the American Civil War…[A] visceral and triumphant saga of the Old West.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] intense and emotionally stirring saga.”


  • Winner of the 2014 Spur Award for Best Western Traditional Novel
  • A 2014 Spur Award Finalist for Best First Novel
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About the Author

Gary Schanbacher was educated at Randolph-Macon College, Old Dominion University, and the University of Colorado, where he earned his PhD in economics. He received a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention and won the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains First Book Award, and the Eric Hoffer General Fiction Award for his short story collection, Migration Patterns. Schanbacker was a Hemingway Fellow at Ucross Foundation, serves on the board of directors of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and is a founding partner of the Writers Block, a writing community in Denver.