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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.
From a historical time & place factor the book did hold my interest. However after the first third of the book I found myself losing interest. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jim Schneider
A beautifully written, engaging, and moving novel. It is emotionally intense. It speaks to the issues today of poverty, relationships, especially marriage in a visually affecting... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Michael Harvey
This book is very good. The dialogue of Julie is wonderful. It takes you back to a time you probably never lived in but wish you had.
Get it, you won't be sorry. Read more
这本书刻画心理活动十分细腻，简单的词汇，紧凑的情节，真实地展现了南卡农民的生活。书中虽然时常会有一些语法错误，但是因为站在没接受过什么教育的农民的角度写的，所以特别写实。I like this book, can't stop reading it.The story is very reality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane
The characters were well developed. I just thought it was rather sad. It was the way things were at that time .Published 1 month ago by Ruth Powers
I loved this book, it was hard to put down. I live in the county where a lot of the story took place so I recognized the areas and landmarks that were written about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathy Johnston
A good read. I liked looking into the past and learning more about the people that lived and still live in that region. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dee
I like books that give a bit of daily detail with the specifics about how things are made. Life in rural 19th century mountain areas was not for the timid or faint of heart. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne McCune
Hardships of the southern women , with and without a man in the hollows of the south. Good read but could use a few characters to accent learning experiences. Read morePublished 3 months ago by constance schafstall