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Throughout the novel, Morgan chronicles Julie's trials in prose of great dignity and clarity, capturing the rhythms of North Carolina speech by using only the subtlest of inflections. Clearly the author has done his research too--the descriptions of physical labor practically leap off the page. (Suffice to say, you'll learn far more about hog slaughtering than you ever dreamed of knowing.) Yet he resists the temptation to make his long-suffering characters into saints. Julie simmers with resentment at being her family's workhorse, and Hank flies into a helpless rage whenever he feels that his authority is questioned. In novels like The Truest Pleasure and The Hinterlands, Morgan proved his ability to create memorable heroines. In Gap Creek, he writes with great feeling--but not a touch of sentimentality--about a life Julie aptly calls "both simple and hard." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this book and couldn't put it down until it was finished.
The book is very mediocre, the characters all either unrealistic or stereotypical, and the story is just a little too simplistic.
The writing is extremely well done, excellent character developement, flowing prose and a story well told and of hope.
No education, no money, no home and almost no hope. These folks had so little,but never let themselves be defeated by ALL of the adverse elements in their lives. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Carrol Mitchell
I read Gap Creek and The Road from Gap Creek and really enjoyed both. They were very descriptive of the lives of the poor during the depression. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mary Jo Piazza
Just a quiet book about the first year of marriage for a rural couple around the turn of the century (19th to 20th). Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm disappointed in the audio recording of the book due to certain parts not being included that were in the book, specifically the part about Julie's sisters and brother-in-law... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michele
A completely engrossing storyline. I loved to read of the hardships Julie endured and how she always came out so positive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy Parker