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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.
This is a true life story, no fluff, just the intimate details of hardships endured, and how love can continue to lift you.
Good insight as to the trials people have gone through and the type of country they live in. The mistakes we make and live with for a life time. Good story.Published 8 days ago by Mary E. Libby
Sad story of hardships endured by the young couple, I prefer books with a happy ending.....Very little good happened in this book at all, be forewarned......Published 11 days ago by Ali
Wonderful novel. you too can escape to another time and another place, and walk a mile in the foot steps of another culture. The richness of the language and story is limitless. Read morePublished 20 days ago by J. Hathaway
I love this book and was very excited to get it on CD. It arrived fairly quickly and fit the description for the product. I bought a used set and there's 11 CDs. Read morePublished 20 days ago by MD
I really enjoyed this novel, Gap Creek, which is about a very young couple at the end of the nineteenth century, and their many struggles to survive their new marriage. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Macan
This was during my grandmother and mother's lifetime. Both were the "boys" to their fathers. I remember it was a hard life and it brought back unhappy times for me.Published 28 days ago by Wilma Ezell
false advertising correctly the book is not what I would considered good reading it is gross and false advertising to mePublished 29 days ago by Carol Dennett
I have never read a more depressing novel in my life. I kept waiting for something good to happen to this poor girl, but it was just one disaster after anotherPublished 1 month ago by wayne nichols
Well written, sad, but very informative of the times. I loved the characters
and I look forward to reading the sequel to this.