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Plain Language: A Novel Paperback – April 2, 2003
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Robert Morgan Gap Creek and This Rock Barbara Wright's novel is vivid, intense, memorable, told with Quaker plainness and depth, a story of courage, passion for the land, fierce loyalties and growth, enduring. It is an authentic addition to the literature, the poetry, of our West.
Art Corriveau author of Housewrights The West brought hauntingly to life. This human-scale love story of an unlikely family's struggle with love, loyalty, and loss seems all the more epic when set against the immense backdrop of Colorado prairie and sky.
About the Author
lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Top Customer Reviews
I liked the story and the characters. A good read for anyone interested in westerns or the 1920's - 1930's.
Alfred are simple people, hardworking and not given to flights of fancy, communicating indeed in plain language. Wright's skill is apparent in the fact that Virginia and Alfred meet one disaster after another and yet the reader feels sustained, not drained. Many readers may be startled at how "plain" and filled with drudgery life was in the still-living past -- and yet how spirit-sustaining.
The themes of this book include: the importance of communicating in developing relationships; the love we deprive ourselves of by making judgments; the value of hard work in developing self-esteem. Toward the end of the novel, Alfred reflects to himself "... somewhere along the way you realize the achievement is not the goal itself -- the achievement is the person you've become in trying to reach the goal."
I highly recommend this novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful novel!!!!! Award winning in many ways - great history, wonderful development of characters, and fascinating setting. Highly recommended!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Note
I read this book a few years ago and have just stared to read it again. A touching story about the west and the relationship between newlyweds that struggle to run a ranch during... Read morePublished on January 16, 2008 by Sunshine Girl
Not bad, but nothing to rave about. I found Alfred's character more sympathetic than Virginia's, although nobody in the novel felt like a fleshed-out, intelligent adult. Read morePublished on July 16, 2007 by Dixie Diamond