The First of the Trilogy
Arizona, 1951. Introducing Charlemagne, a deadly Mojave Rattlesnake, who lives on the road between Heaven and Hell, as the town of Apache Falls celebrates its annual July barbecue celebration. Thereby are entwined the fates of a Korean War veteran, a young woman engaged to a 1950s marriage, her mother, who believes this to be the last day of her life, a pyromaniac barber, and a man known as The Redeemer, in search of Snakes for Salvation. In the vein of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Purgatory Road brings together an unforgettable cast of characters in the midst of time and drought and one of the most memorable softball games ever to be put on paper!