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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.
I found this to be a very good detailed story of what it was like for people who lived during that period of time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Evelyn Johnson
Kept waiting for something good to happen to Julie. Her husband did grow & become more mature. In the end they never owned the house so how else could it end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith Marsh
A very gripping story of a wife in an Appalachian setting. She is an inspirational character that inspires admiration by the reader.Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth A. Werner
This book was incredible! I loved the protagonist (I can't remember her name because it's been about a decade since I've read this), and the storyline was so intriguing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vegigirl
I would recommend this book to those who love a good story with a meaningful plot.Published 3 months ago by Jane Beauclair
I liked the theme, the brutal cold facts of life in rural America. I did not like the pride although I my heart warmed at the honesty of this young couple. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Smith
Robert Morgan is a masterful story teller. The characters are rich, captivating and vividly alive. The imagery he gives us is a rare treat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JMc
This book absolutely was not my taste. The simple style of writing and the story line was not stimulating enough for me.Published 4 months ago by gardener