Available December 5 from Blackstone Publishing
“As they walked and established a pace, he felt the stiffness work out of his legs. A knot in one of his calves began to loosen as he raised his face to the mountain air. His breathing took on a rhythm and his mind began to clear. This would be the work of the day. Boots on a trail, inching their way forward, out of doors and out of mind except where he let his thoughts wander. They would do one thing at a time: make a fire, drink cold water, doze in the shade. All the while the clarifying beat of their stride would lend purpose to the exertion. They were proceeding a span of twelve miles, from one shelter to another, spurred on by the reward of a meal with new friends, time spent together, and the simple accomplishment of a goal. Their business was as ancient as footprints and as simple as onrushing wind. They were free.”
A novel in the tradition of The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Available from Blackstone Publishing.
Pre-order online, or purchase beginning December 5 wherever books are sold:
Library Journal: “[A] journey of bonding and healing for a father and son wounded by loss that is surprisingly tender.”
Booklist (starred review): “An utterly gripping debut novel about humans surmounting threats both external and emotional.”
Library Journal Day of Dialogue 2023: Fiction/Survival Panel
Shelf Awareness: “A concise, fast-paced first novel…O’Donnell demonstrates impressive confidence.”
Chicago Tribune: When Will the Great Pandemic Novel Be Published?