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Gap Creek : The Story Of A Marriage (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – October 2, 2000
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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 the Hardcover edition.
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In short, the book is OK and I did read it all the way to the end, but I'm not sure it really rated the bestseller status that Oprah's selection is sure to give it. I'll have to read Oprah's website and find out why she selected it.
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One of my fave books of the past decade. I've bought it for several people, given my copy away and bought it again.Published 14 days ago by Peggy Ridge
Very well written in the dialect of the day. A glimpse into the lives of some poor southerners in a time long past.Published 1 month ago by Kinggirlsmom
Captivating story of a woman who's life is turned upside down when family secrets come to light. Set in the 1970's in an Appalachian town, the author certainly brings the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Victoria S
Gap Creek is a beautifully written, first person narrative detailing the life of a young married woman in rural Appalachia at the turn of the last century. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Houston
This is such a good book. The narration is wonderful. The story is so touching.Published 4 months ago by Sherry E. Ewing
I loved this book. It's one of those stories where the author transports you to the time and place and you're suffering right along with the characters.Published 4 months ago by Riley
Amazing writer and amazing story, fast, go find more Robert Morgan!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this book. The detail in which Mr. Morgan describes the action within is so thorough - I actually found myself holding my breath often. Well done. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diana