Crossings East

February 2019

Gee Lee, a twenty-three-year-old Chinese sojourner is toiling in a dark tunnel on Donner Summit. Hand chiseling blasting holes, he runs for his life once the fuse is lit.

Building an engineering marvel of the nineteenth century, Gee Lee and his railroad gang face record-breaking snow levels, avalanches, slave-like working conditions, and hostile, racist attitudes, and watch many co-workers, friends, and relatives die.

Will Lee’s time in the Flowery Flag Nation change him so he can never return or will he be the salvation of his struggling family?