Gap Creek Paperback – 5 Oct 2000
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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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book was hard for me to read. it reminded me of charles frazier ('cold mountain") it seemed to drag in spots. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2004
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... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2000