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Gap Creek Paperback – 5 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (19 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841154954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841154954
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,656,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A stern gripping drama ... you begin to feel, as you sometimes do when reading Cormac McCarthy, that the author has been typing with blood on his hands and a good deal of it has rubbed off onto your shirtsleeves. Don't ignore this book.' -- New York Times

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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. They need her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. She is just a teenager when her little brother dies in her arms. That same year she marries Hank and moves down into the valley where fire and visions visit themselves on her and where con men and drunks come calling.

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 same skill that led the Boston Book Review to say that he writes "with an authority usually associated with the great novelists of the last century."

In this novel, Morgan returns to the vivid world of the Appalachian high country to follow Julie and Hank in their new life on Gap Creek and their efforts to make sense of the world in the last years of the nineteenth century. Scratching out a life for themselves, always at risk of losing it all, Julie and Hank don't know what to fear most--the floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters who insinuate themselves into their new lives.

Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of marriage make this a powerful follow-up to Morgan's acclaimed novel, The Truest Pleasure. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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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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'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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The characters are so full, so real, and the youth of the young couple makes them so vulnerable. You can feel how hard they work, especially the young wife, just to keep house and cook and somehow manage to avoid utter despair. Of course, there are heart-breaking moments, and some of the harsher moments are very graphic, especially the butchering scenes. Somehow it all contributes to the reality of their gritty life. The old man in particular sets your teeth on edge, and I kept thinking he and the mother-in-law were developing a relationship. Did the husband have a fling with her sister Caroline? Did he abandon her in the flood to save himself? What happened after they left Gap Creek? It was interesting to read the discussion questions at the end. I could think of many more questions. Perhaps he (Morgan) envisions a sequel. If so, I'll be there!
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