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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.
A realistic view of the harsh elements of Appalachian life with its joys, tragedy, disappointments and hard work. Very interesting, descriptive and detailed. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Linda A Scott
I absolutely loved this book, as well as the characters in it. I felt such a wide range of emotions while reading, which is what makes books so captivating! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dennis Burt
The book was well written but it just wasn't a good fit for me. I look for a positive message not one that is going to bring me down to the ground.Published 1 month ago by Rita Madden
This book kept me up reading past my bedtime because I had to know if Julie survived. A very gripping tale of life and death long ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sandarella
I loved this novel, and related strongly with the main character. I grew up in similar circumstances,except decades later, but shared many of the same experiences on the farm. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Irene Lamb
The author, Robert Morgan, provides a vivid window into a point in time around the turn of the last century and gives the reader sympathetic and compelling characters that make... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynette Newman
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Michael Harvey