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Gap Creek (Oprah's Book Club) [Hardcover]

Robert Morgan
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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10 Jan 1999 Oprah's Book Club
The National Bestseller A "New York Times" Notable Book

There is a most unusual woman living in Gap Creek. Julie Harmon works hard, "hard as a man" they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. People depend on her.

She is just a teenager when her brother dies in her arms. The following year, she marries Hank and moves down into the valley. Julie and Hank discover that the modern world is complex, grinding ever on without pause or concern for their hard work. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay.

With Julie, Robert Morgan has brought to life one of the most memorable women in modern American literature with the skill that led Fred Chappell to say ""Gap Creek" is the work of a master."

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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (10 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565122968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565122963
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,641,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The New York Times Book Review" At their finest, his stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank William's best songs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At the end of the nineteenth century a most unusual woman lives in Gap Creek, isolated in the Appalachian high country. Julie Harmon works hard, ‘hard as a man’, they say. So hard that at times she’s not sure if she can stop. People depend on her. They need her to cut the wood, to slaughter the hogs. To nurse the dying. She is just a teenager when her brother dies in her arms, the same year that she marries Hank and moves down into the valley. And in the first year of their marriage, Julie and Hand discover that the modern world is more complex than they could have imagined, and to survive they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay.

With great dignity and clarity, award-winning novelist Robert Morgan proves again his ability to create unforgettable heroines. In Gap Creek he writes with great feeling – but no sentimentality – about a way of life a world away from ours.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, engaging novel 14 May 2001
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I picked up this book on holiday and could not put it down. The characters are well crafted and the book is superbly written. Not surprising for a Professor of English! I have no reservations in recommending this title.
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I happened to attend the Oprah show in Chicago when this book was discussed (As an audience member). I have meant to read it since then, and have only just finished it! I read it in two days, so that's an indication of how good it was. Morgan has captured the dialect and that draws you into the characters in a really unique way. It's difficult to imagine how hard people, especially on farms, had to work just to live. I thoroughly recommend this book, almost as much as White Oleander. It is hard to go wrong with Oprah's Picks, although a few of them have been hard work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars one word for the book...DEPRESSING!!! 11 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
I've just finished this book and got it on the basis that it is an Oprah Book Club (first one I've read).
Anyway, is true that it is a quick, easy to read book and the male author has an amazing insight into a woman's mind BUT it is just soooo depressing, if you ever need to feel like life is utterly pointless and feel generally a bit miserable all day pick this!
In my opinion the whole book was doom and tragedy and more poverty and more tragedy etc etc...was glad when it ended! Am looking for a cheery book now as respite!
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When you read the book it's hard to believe it was written by a man, because of the way he understands the heroine and captures her feelings, the feelings we as readers can comprehend. Fantasticly written.
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