She just didn't capture the voice in my head for Julie, so I felt that took away from the book. They learned and lived and loved and then lost so much that they needed to start over. "That's what comes of being in a hurry," Ma said. "You come back," I said, and grabbed at his arm. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. It had no place in this book. Not having any money and being able to barter made things bearable for many people like Hank and Julie. A Poetic Treatment of Hard Life on a Farm, Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2017. I loved this book. The flames followed the leap of the splash. My first book by Robert Morgan, I like his style of writing. Marriage provided no relief and she had to work even harder in order to make a life with her husband. Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high... Young Julie Harmon works "hard as a man," they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. We’d love your help. People depend on her. Ever since she was a child, Julie Harmon's life has been plagued with tragedy. All the good feeling from the dinner table was gone from her voice. However, between requesting it from there and starting it, I read some Goodreads reviews and thought, ugh, I picked a bummer. I know a lot of people did not like the way it was written but I had no problem overlooking the "ignorant" speech of the characters. First off this is not a traditional story that takes you on plot from beginning to end so don't expect that. Spoiler ahead. To see the complete list of this book's read-alikes, you need to be a member. I picked this up and it immediately caught my attention. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He has created one of the most admirable heroines in modern literature; I feel that I'll remember her always. The relationships between the characters was good, the old man was interesting and his death made me cry. She had this deep well of inner strength that only grew stronger as each trial came her way. Her faith in God helps her live through sadness and trials. Use of this excerpt from GAP CREEK may be made only for purposes of promoting the book, with no changes, editing, or additions whatsoever, and must be accompanied by the following copyright notice: Copyright c 1999 by Robert Morgan. Not so! All rights reserved. Robert Morgan was raised on his family's farm in the North Carolina mountains. I bought a used set and there's 11 CDs. Gap Creek Outstanding book because it puts us in a different time, through Julie, a mere seventeen year old, but wise beyond her years! With the bandage on my finger I finished slicing up the second pan of fat and then lugged the heavy canner to the top of the stove. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. I leaped up the steps and run past Mr. Pendergast into the smoking kitchen. At the age of twelve, Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent to run a remote Indian trading post. If I wanted bible fiction, which I most assuredly do not, I would have looked for it. Don't ignore this book.' Unlike some of her other selections – this one keeps you entranced through the whole story. It was so hot I could barely stand in the doorway. Nothing is clean-cut and dry, which I also appreciated. Morgan has created the most simple yet fascinating characters, their words are so straightforward and the life they lead is so physically and mentally demanding. This couple’s misfortunes are sometimes unbelievable. They were what they were. The situation was interesting enough but I decided that Robert Morgan should not try to write from a woman's perspective. Without adequate nutrition and having a premature baby in such a dire situation was terrible, but history has shown that what happened to Julie and her baby happened more often than we will probably ever know. A grease fire hisses and jumps from one spot to another. The flung grease hissed on the stovetop and turned to crackling bubbles and smoke. I figured if the house could be saved I had to try. --Doris Betts, "In examining the hard, honest lives of his people, Robert Morgan gives voice to a time and place rarely imagined. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I found this to be a very good detailed story of what it was like for people who lived during that period of time. Ma run out to the back porch and got the water bucket. laurenemily1989 , 07/15/2013. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. This story is plodding, unforgiving and - after the abrupt ending - I would add, unfinished. To see what your friends thought of this book. He was screaming and the fire seemed to be right on top of his head. I found myself fascinated with descriptions of even the most mundane of tasks. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 4 DE ENE. A simple. At turns poetic and gritty, Robert Morgan's Gap Creek is a stunning follow-up to his critically acclaimed novel, The Truest Pleasure. Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage (Oprah's Book Club) by Robert Morgan and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. I pulled her toward the back door. Gap Creek (1999, ISBN 1-56512-242-9) is a novel by American writer Robert Morgan, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in January 2000. More than that and I admit it, I get distracted! But then there were parts of the book that I found distracting and disagreeable. In this story, the land of Gap Creek rears itself up and fights against the main characters Julie, Hank and the other mountain people on. I run back out to the pile of sacks and got eight or nine more and carried them to the washpot. The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. I thought this one started strong but ended weak. “We don’t know a tenth of what there is to know,” Mr. Pendergast said. I looked around the porch and seen a pile of tow sacks by the hoes and shovel and mattock. The protagonist, Julie, is a teen herself throughout the story and so it provides and interesting insight in how some teens lived at the. I learned a lot about survival, hog dressing, burial customs, seeds, and other affairs of plain living. She absorbs the repeated indignities of poor, mountain life with grace and grit - including a childbirth scene that I loved and where she describes her personal philosophy of life, "There was no way I could get out of it. This story is plodding, unforgiving and - after the abrupt ending - I would add, unfinished. "You won't need room if that tips over on you," Ma snapped. March to Nashville, thence to Louisville, Ky., September 7-28. A very compelling book, loved the determination through out. The scenes with his mother give us some insight, but more might have been helpful. Julie Harmon is 16 when she marries Hank and moves down the mountain to Gap Creek. Gap Creek (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Ebook written by Robert Morgan. I plunged the sacks into the pot and pulled them out streaming warm water. Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2014. But if I have to rate the characters in this novel, I would definitely rate Julie 4.5 stars and her husband Hank only 1 star. Overall, though, I enjoyed the story, and I think MOrgan accurately portrays the Appalachian lifes. She grew up in a hardworking farm family. One question to ask yourself after you read the last sentence: Do you have Julie's inner strength and fortitude? If you want a traditional plot where something happens then is worked through during the book and then solved, don't get this book. I bent over and felt something wet leap in my throat, and found I was throwing up on the ground. But it is a great escape into a time gone by in the southern Appalachians of upstate SC. The only reason that I gave it a rating of 2 is because it was well written and because I felt compelled to keep reading to see what would happen to the heroine, hoping that something good would come her way. Ok. Just checking. Julie Harmon is 16 when she marries Hank and moves down the mountain to Gap Creek. And things get worse. till September. What the young woman of the story had to do daily just to survive, put me in my place. At seventeen, she’s a good girl, and strong, working as hard as a man alongside her father in this gritty, realistic portrayal of life in late-nineteenth-century North Carolina. I raked the knife across the board harder than I needed to, to show how determined I was to get the job done and ignore Ma. And then I couldn't find the door. --Fred Chappell. Fighting my way into the smoke, holding my breath and bending down low as I could, I put sacks on the burning grease on the table. "Putting out the fire," I hollered back. Please try your request again later. The relationships are realistic and rather unsatisfying, which I liked. The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. RSS. I loved this book, the imagery was amazing. In this story, the land of Gap Creek rears itself up and fights against the main characters Julie, Hank and the other mountain people on the boarder of South Carolina at the turn of the century. The water just spread the fire. The first edition of the novel was published in 1999, and was written by Robert Morgan. You couldn't see nothing in the kitchen. The whole kitchen seemed to turn to flames before my eyes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But there must have been enough grease so that some of it busted into flame, for I seen fire on top of the stove. Julie and Hank literally fall in love at first sight. It arrived fairly quickly and fit the description for the product. That was when the fire blazed up in the canner itself. I'd cut a place on the tip about the size of a pinhead. Well written. Her relationship with her husband and mother in law is drawn particularly well. There's nothing to do but take hold of the pain and wrestle with it" (p. 284). Morgan creates a vivid main character, Julie, who is wholly believable and whom I rooted for all the way. I expected, based on the title, to get the whole story, and I feel a bit jipped. The skin looked black on his forehead and scalp where his hair had been. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Julie worked like a dog, even being pregnant. My left hand was so slick with grease I couldn't pick up anything but the blocks of fat. March to Jasper June 11-16. This is a story of a newly married couple who set out to make a home for themselves in the mountains of Appalachia. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 2:32 PM. The end gave you hope and yet made you wonder why. I didn't have nothing but my apron, and I put my apron over his hair and snuffed out the flames. I carried the hot dripping sacks against my chest and hurried through the back door. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. Smoke poured out the door and out the windows. I knowed Mr. Pendergast kept a can of kerosene sometimes used to start fires behind the stove, but I had forgot about it. The story is told in her simple, uneducated voice, in spare and rough prose. I read a little bit at night before bed over a couple of nights and then took it to work today where I sat and finished it in a couple of hours. Ma Richards called. The other complaint that some of my friends had was that the title would seem to indicate it covered the whole marriage or at least a good part of it. She tells the family story in a slow stream of memories. By the description I knew the general location of the plot and was pleased to see that I was correct. But, I was interested and almost engrossed the entire time because I could understand and relate to the female protagonist so well. 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. “Why we don’t even know a sixth.”, “There is a smell that lung sickness gives people. Robert Morgan is the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction—including the Oprah Book Club selection Gap Creek—and non-fiction, and is also an established poet with fourteen collections to his credit. That made me think nothing was burning but the lard, and maybe that could be put out. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8. I think it is her endurance that gives Hank hope in surviving the worst of times, from a terrible fire, a dangerous flash flood, and the loss of their firstborn. I grabbed a dishcloth and wiped the grease off my finger. A drop fell from the end of my finger, and then another. More than that and I admit it, I get distracted! I cleaned off the left hand with the cloth and tore a strip from a fresh linen rag. 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. I took hold of Mr. Pendergast's feet and yanked as hard as I could, and he moved a little. And I seen Mr. Pendergast laying on the porch floor groaning. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. I expected, based on the title, to get the whole story, and I feel a bit jipped. Ma screamed. Instead of answering I started carving up more fat at the table. "We'll have to get out," I yelled to Ma. There was butter in the spring house, but the lard was burning up in the kitchen. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 336 pages and is available in Paperback format. Robert Morgan's novel, GAP CREEK, is a masterpiece in poetic prose. Instead, it was just a glimpse into the early part (like about the first year or so) of a marriage. I've wanted to read this book for years and I discovered it in my bookcase a few weeks ago. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Hank was just strong in physique but not on the inside because of how he easily snap and breakdown during problems. The top half of the room was already clear. There was a problem loading your book clubs. She is the third daughter in a … Well, it is that, in the same sense that "Moby-Dick" is the story of a whale. I flung sacks on the burning can of kerosene and used the rest of the sacks like a shield to walk up to the burning curtains and jerk them down and smother them. The protagonist, Julie, is a teen herself throughout the story and so it provides and interesting insight in how some teens lived at the turn of the last century. The subtitle of this book is "The Story of a Marriage." Morgan turns the stories of prosaic lives into page-turners.” —, GAP CREEK IS THE WORK OF A MASTER.--Fred Chappell. The ending was too abrupt, though. I hated this book for so many reasons! I was coughing too and felt smothered from the smoke. They learned and lived and loved and then lost so much that they needed to start over. Robert Morgan's "Gap Creek" is written in a simple manner, easy to read, but raw. Gap Creek. 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. Has anyone else read this? Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage. I guess he must have been to the spring. A Gripping Story Line With Extraordinary Characters, Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014. Oh, there wasn't one???!!! Morgan's writing is beautiful and at times poetic, which is not surprising given his background as a poet. And t. This book was an Ophra selection in its day and as such is very depressing, doom and gloom book, where the main character has to fight the whole world. 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 book had few redeeming characteristics. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I'd heard that throwing water on boiling grease is the worst thing you can do, and I hollered for her to stop. It seemed unnecessary and distracting. It makes sense, since as a young girl I was ALL about Little House on the Prairie (yes the books, not the tv show). The air was fresh, but every time I took a breath I coughed, and smoke burned in my lungs and in my throat. I guess what I'm saying is- you can tell when it's fake. Reading Morgan's novel seemed like a real Foxfire experience. I don't know how long I've had it or where I got it (Catholic Charities or Faith Rescue?). Set in South Carolina during the late 1800s, Gap Creek is where newlyweds Julie and Hank set out to make a life. Gap Creek Moto is a privately owned dirt bike and camping facility located approximately 10 kilometres west of Cunningham’s Gap. Smoke burned my eyes so I couldn't see nothing. Morgan continues the family saga he began in Gap Creek : A Novel. This is. Unlike some of her other selections – this one keeps you entranced through the whole story. There was no way I wanted to get out of it. 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. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. It is, as the blurb says, "The story of a Marriage." "You could have been killed," Ma Richards said. 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. Her faith in God helps her live through sadness and trials. And it was fake. Refresh and try again. 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. There was grease all over the stove and all over the kitchen. Here is strength and grace and immeasurable courage: a triumph!--Fred Chappell, "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. A simple, hard life says it all. It ma. It must have been the kerosene catching fire. --Loyal Jones, "Gap Creek is the work of a master. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The flames darted from one spot to another. I know a lot of people did not like the way it was written but I had no problem overlooking the "ignorant" speech of the characters. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. "You stay out of there," Ma Richards hollered. Written as a first-person narrative, Julie's story will leave you thinking. I had to throw up everything. shows what it was like to be human in a time and place now far removed from modern America. "What money?" 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. I was looking for something to occupy some time over winter break and this seemed to meet my requirement--just about 300 pages. I love her pragmatic approach to life and forgiveness of others - even an obnoxious mother-in-law. She learns early on in life that a woman's work is never done and, she decides, is best done quickly and without complaint. There are a lot of lengthy descriptions of Julie's hard work throughout the book. Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2013. 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. Born in Hendersonville, NC, he teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English. She is just a teenager when her brother dies her arms. Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2013. It’s the smell of blood mixed with air that hangs over a bed and fills a sickroom. I guess I found out that I enjoy this type of historical fiction more than I realized. I said. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. If you think your life is rough, read this book. A silver dollar had rolled out of the jar onto the porch. Although it wore out both Julie and Hank, the land itself forged their character for better or for worse. Free download or read online Gap Creek pdf (ePUB) book. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-16. I'd started the fire, and I had to stop it. There's lots of drama and excitement, but all centered around loss and disappointment. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. Gap Creek takes you back in time to Julie Harmon's life at the turn of the century. In fact, the earth itself is so extraordinarily pervasive and alive, that Morgan almost allows it to become its own rich, cumbersome but generous character. The New York Times Book Review says Morgan's "stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with … All the hot oil caught at once and the flames jumped to the ceiling, lighting the kitchen. Gap Creek speaks of things both intimate and eternal.--Stewart O'Nan. After reading this book I don't think I can ever complain again about having too much work to do. 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. An "ah hah" moment never came. It’s the smell of a festering wound.”. No. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Gap Creek (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel. It was about the beginning and the laying of the foundation of a marriage I would say. His words splash across pages of dialogue and paint his characters in living color. 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. She absorbs the repeated indignities of poor, mountain life with grace and grit - including a childbirth scene that I loved and where she describes her. Other women have done their work down the course of the years, and now it's my turn. She grew up helping her father and mother run their house and farm. You get to know and care about the characters, especially the narrator. I rated this 5 stars because of the way it was written and the twists in this couple's story. The description of Gap Creek is spot on with the actual location of the area. We hear the story through the eyes of a young, poor woman who has worked hard her entire life supporting first her poor family and her sick parents and then her new husband, who cannot seem to hold a job. "Oh no," I said. The smoke was so thick I couldn't see much. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. Robert Morgan knows every corner, every inch, of the way of life he portrays in this deeply affecting book. Somebody pushed me and lifted me, and the next thing I knowed I was hobbling and tripping down the steps out into the yard where the air was cool. Please try again. Gap Creek is a sequel to Morgan's other novel, The Truest Pleasure. There were no pretenses in this book; the sheer arduous difficulty of life brought out quickly each character's true inner person, testing them and causing them to change in ways they probably would not have, had they been born in another century or town. Gap Creek takes you back in time to Julie Harmon's life at the turn of the century. No spoilers here, you will have to read it to find out more. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. But the central theme throughout the book is the story of a marriage, be it the good times or the bad times, and what it takes to make a union between two people last a lifetime. It's amusing that this novel is recommended by the. But she flung the bucket of water right onto the flaming pot. I thought this one started strong but ended weak. I definitely recommend it. 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. They were both so young and so ignorant about things. Gap Creek speaks of things both intimate and eternal." She went through great trials with a perseverance few people possess! He has created one of the most admirable heroines in modern literature; I feel that I'll remember her always. I backed away and seen a tongue of boiling lard spit up and over the rim as the wave sloshed on the side of the canner. "I'll have to be more careful," I said. Forgot to update as I was reading this. And then I thought, No, I'd better try to put the fire out first. I knelt down where I could see, out of the worst smoke, and watched him work his way to the right of the stove. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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