The flood was frightening and saving the animals was so important and yet they lost so much. This book had few redeeming characteristics. This book does what no other book has done in the way it describes hard work, daily living, and farm life. I burned my hands a little, but got the fire out. The longer I held my breath the more it felt like my chest was ready to explode. I don't like to read about any sort of books containing rural background. "Oh no," I said. Forgot to update as I was reading this. His eyebrows was burned off and the skin on his cheeks looked red and peeling, and bloody in places under the soot. Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. It was forged in the hardscrabble Appalachian town of Gap Creek, South Carolina where their meager existence in the late 1800s--plagued by deep financial distress, grifters, Hank's deep depression and raging, violent anger, fire and flood--gives new meaning to destitution AND survival. Morgan continues the family saga he began in Gap Creek : A Novel. I went to Oprah's book club to find some new reads and happened on Morgan. It was about the beginning and the laying of the foundation of a marriage I would say. “We don’t know a tenth of what there is to know,” Mr. Pendergast said. The voice, as it happens, is of seventeen-year-old Julie Harmon. Other women have done their work down the course of the years, and now it's my turn. Julie Harmon is an inspiring, likable character who keeps going even while enduring one tragedy after another. Not worth recommending and i can't figure out why so many people loved it. Mr. Pendergast's hair was burning, and part of his shirt was burning. I recommend this book. In between, this novel of... Free shipping over $10. This is my work, I thought. A Gripping Story Line With Extraordinary Characters, Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014. Gap Creek speaks of things both intimate and eternal.--Stewart O'Nan, A starkly beautiful story of a strong young woman prevailing over natural disasters and tragedies, as well as cultural barriers, in the first year of her marriage in the last year of the century.--Loyal Jones, Gap Creek is the work of a master. I wasn't going to take the time to get mad at Ma, and I wasn't going to stoop to the level of her snideness. This book, written by a North Carolina native who was born and raised in the very lands he writes about, sensitively brings back to life a now distant time, and a way of life that has all but completely vanished except in rural Appalachia. When I was empty I stood up straight and wiped my mouth and brow. I learned a lot about survival, hog dressing, burial customs, seeds, and other affairs of plain living. To keep from breathing smoke I held my breath, and it felt like my chest was going to bust. All the good feeling from the dinner table was gone from her voice. Julie narrates this story, telling of sorrows and joy. They learned and lived and loved and then lost so much that they needed to start over. What you put on burns is butter or lard or some other kind of grease or oil. Robert Morgan. I sliced twenty times this way and twenty times crossways. The newlyweds and their progression through life working a farm under the watchful eye of the owner who is elderly. It’s the smell of old blood, and blood that is fresh and already old. The description of Gap Creek is spot on with the actual location of the area. I'd cut a place on the tip about the size of a pinhead. Written in the first person by the main character, Julie Harmon Richards, this book is the story of Julie and Hank's marriage. In fact, all of the small tasks the characters do regularly helps to shape their character as well as the reader's understanding and view of them. A simple. I was also intrigued that a male writer crafted this female protagonist and did NOT resort to having her depend on the men in her life. The ending was too abrupt, though. Gap Creek is the story of a young couple's first year of marriage struggling against harsh terrain and poverty in the 19th century South Carolina countryside. Robert Morgan knows every corner, every inch, of the way of life he portrays in this deeply affecting book. In the months before her marriage her brother and father die – and then the man whose house they move to, wear Julie keeps house for their rent, he dies shortly after. I also found the very detailed descriptions of life on a poor farm more than necessary - I get it, they are poor, and their life on the farm is very hard. Born in Hendersonville, NC, he teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English. She just didn't capture the voice in my head for Julie, so I felt that took away from the book. I bent over and felt something wet leap in my throat, and found I was throwing up on the ground. I'd started the fire, and I had to stop it. I love her pragmatic approach to life and forgiveness of others - even an obnoxious mother-in-law. About the Book At turns poetic and gritty, Robert Morgan's Gap Creek is a stunning follow-up to his critically acclaimed novel, The Truest Pleasure. The air was fresh, but every time I took a breath I coughed, and smoke burned in my lungs and in my throat. Julie and Hank literally fall in love at first sight. . This is a book that stays with you and you think about it for a long time. I bought a used set and there's 11 CDs. This was one of those books where I found myself sneaking away from other things I needed to do, to go back and read more. She went through great trials with a perseverance few people possess! Smoke was everywhere and my eyes stung so I couldn't see. There was no way I wanted to get out of it. It is the story of growing up, of living a hardscrabble rural life, of learning the ways of the world, of discovering one's own strength, and of coming to terms with grief. "You stay out of there!" Her relationship with her husband and mother in law is drawn particularly well. I thought this one started strong but ended weak. Book Notes: “Gap Creek” by Joan Vannorsdall. The fat sliced easy as clotted cream or thick jelly. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8. Reading Morgan's novel seemed like a real Foxfire experience. An "ah hah" moment never came. We’d love your help. Instead of answering I started carving up more fat at the table. Julie Harmon is like other strong mountain women created by Harriette Arnow, Lee Smith, and Wilma Dykeman; she survives poverty, flood and pain by mixing hard work with love. People are weak, and there is so much to do. The newlyweds and their progression through life working a farm under the watchful eye of the owner who is elderly. They were what they were. But Julie and Hank's new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. This couple is two different souls who just hurriedly tied the knot without even has the slightest idea about each other. "What money?" We rolled Mr. Pendergast over on the wet porch and seen how bad his face and forehead was burned. The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. I jerked harder and got Mr. Pendergast halfway out the door. "Set the canner further back on the stove," Ma Richards said. Set in the Blue Ridge mountains, along the border of North and South Carolina, it is the story of a poor, young, newlywed couple's hardships and struggles during their first year of marriage while living in Gap Creek, South Carolina. But he flung the water right on the fire, making even more smoke and steam. Overall, though, I enjoyed the story, and I think MOrgan accurately portrays the Appalachian lifestyle at the turn of the century, and I am always interested in stories that capture what life was like there then. I rated this 5 stars because of the way it was written and the twists in this couple's story. Refresh and try again. "We'll have to get out," I yelled to Ma. This book alone managed convince me to ignore Oprah's Book Club. It reminds those of us sitting comfortably in our easy chairs, sipping lattes, and reading books how difficult life once was just a century ago. Novelist Robert Morgan is also a prizewinning poet, and critics have praised Gap Creek for its "starkly beautiful" imagery and "simple but luminous" prose. Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2014. I don't recommend it for anybody. It had no place in this book. With a whoosh the fire flared on the stovetop. The Road from Gap Creek: A Novel (Shannon Ravenel) by Robert Morgan Hardcover $17.29 The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan Paperback $18.99 Customers who viewed this item also viewed Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 Please try again. And I couldn't breathe for coughing and smothering myself. Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2013. My only disappointment was the reader's attempt at an Appalachian accent (which is different from just Southern). The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. I had to Google Gap Creek to see if it was really a geographical spot and it is. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. I cleaned off the left hand with the cloth and tore a strip from a fresh linen rag. Also, the further along I got, the more I skimmed because I started getting bored. The subtitle is "The Story of a Marriage," but I don't find that accurate, since the story doesn't follow the marriage through--we only get a glimpse at the very beginnings of a marriage. I thought this one started strong but ended weak. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. "Putting out the fire," I hollered back. In the months before her marriage her brother and father die – and then the man whose house they move to, wear Julie keeps house for their rent, he dies shortly after. She had changed back to her old self. Gap Creek speaks of things both intimate and eternal.--Stewart O'Nan. The books delves far too much into religion for my taste - so much so that I looked up the author on the internet to figure out if he was a pastor or a fundamentalist. --Doris Betts, "In examining the hard, honest lives of his people, Robert Morgan gives voice to a time and place rarely imagined. While the religious parts in the second half of the book didn't bother me at all, Julie's interest in religion seemed to come out of nowhere to some extent, even though it's maybe hinted at in the beginning of the book. Nothing is clean-cut and dry, which I also appreciated. It must have been the kerosene catching fire. An Appalachian Lisbeth perhaps?? An easy and scenic one and a half hour drive from Brisbane, 2 hours from the Gold Coast; 30 minutes east of Warwick and around an hour from both Toowoomba and Stanthorpe. I was thinking we had to put something on his face and on his back where his shirt had burned. Morgan has said that he struggled to find her voice, but I think it's clear that he did find it because she is realistic and memorable. The flood was frightening and saving the animals was so important and yet they lost so much. Smoke poured out the door and out the windows. She is the third daughter in a … The scenes with his mother give us some insight, but more might have been helpful. And it was fake. He introduces Julie Harmon immediately through her voice, the dialect of an Appalachian girl at the end of the nineteenth century. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. I had to try to help him. "Grab hold of his foot," I said. I definitely recommend it. Since I haven't been reading like I used to, I wanted something easy to get me back in the groove, and this book, and the snippet of review from the NYT on the cover, caught my eye. Perhaps because he is a poet, Morgan uses her voice in simple but luminous prose that tells the truth whether about the beauties of Appalachia or the human struggles during childbirth and death throes.--Doris Betts, In examining the hard, honest lives of his people, Robert Morgan gives voice to a time and place rarely imagined. 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