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. I don't know how long I've had it or where I got it (Catholic Charities or Faith Rescue?). Instead of answering I started carving up more fat at the table. It makes sense, since as a young girl I was ALL about Little House on the Prairie (yes the books, not the tv show). It ma. But do we really need page after page of descriptions on how to kill, disembody and slice up a pig? 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. 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. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. By the description I knew the general location of the plot and was pleased to see that I was correct. But he had already jerked away. There's nothing to do but take hold of the pain and wrestle with it" (p. 284). The New York Times Book Review says Morgan's "stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with … Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 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. 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. It’s the smell of old blood, and blood that is fresh and already old. 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. Morgan continues the family saga he began in Gap Creek : A Novel. I figured if the house could be saved I had to try. We rolled Mr. Pendergast over on the wet porch and seen how bad his face and forehead was burned. Is there a follow up to this book? I was thinking we had to put something on his face and on his back where his shirt had burned. I'd cut a place on the tip about the size of a pinhead. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. Her faith in God helps her live through sadness and trials. 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. And then I couldn't find the door. 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. . "You could have been killed," Ma Richards said. Julie narrates this story, telling of sorrows and joy. I expected, based on the title, to get the whole story, and I feel a bit jipped. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. I knowed Mr. Pendergast kept a can of kerosene sometimes used to start fires behind the stove, but I had forgot about it. The smoke was so thick I couldn't see much. 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. I'd started the fire, and I had to stop it. The first edition of the novel was published in 1999, and was written by Robert Morgan. And I couldn't breathe for coughing and smothering myself. 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 This is. Ok. Just checking. I burned my hands a little, but got the fire out. Robert Morgan's novel, GAP CREEK, is a masterpiece in poetic prose. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I liked it and couldn't put it down. I stood up and looked in the door. People are weak, and there is so much to do. Julie Harmon is 16 when she marries Hank and moves down the mountain to Gap Creek. This is a book that stays with you and you think about it for a long time. 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. Born in Hendersonville, NC, he teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English. Set in South Carolina during the late 1800s, Gap Creek is where newlyweds Julie and Hank set out to make a life. 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. 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. "I've got to leave room to set the other one on," I said. She was physically strong and knew what had to be done to make it through some tough challenges. I was looking for something to occupy some time over winter break and this seemed to meet my requirement--just about 300 pages. I picked up a nice copy of this book from my library book sale for 10 cents awhile back. I guess I found out that I enjoy this type of historical fiction more than I realized. Unable to add item to List. 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. 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. Gap Creek A Novel (Book) : Morgan, Robert : A New York Times Bestseller & Oprah's Book Club Pick Young Julie Harmon works hard as a man, they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. I pulled her toward the back door. The flames darted from one spot to another. It is about hardships of this area around 1900. The relationships are realistic and rather unsatisfying, which I liked. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Not so! Gap Creek Moto is a privately owned dirt bike and camping facility located approximately 10 kilometres west of Cunningham’s Gap. "Don't throw no water," I hollered. The voice, as it happens, is of seventeen-year-old Julie Harmon. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. Also, the further along I got, the more I skimmed because I started getting bored. Also, the further along I got, the more I skimmed because I started getting bored. You would think cold water would put a fire out, but the dousing exploded in a hiss and made the boiling lard splash in all directions. There are a lot of lengthy descriptions of Julie's hard work throughout the book. I put a hand over my eyes and started toward the door. You get to know and care about the characters, especially the narrator. Gap Creek is a sequel to Morgan's other novel, The Truest Pleasure. I didn't have nothing but my apron, and I put my apron over his hair and snuffed out the flames. I screamed as the flames covered Mr. Pendergast up. People are weak, and there is so much to do. The flung grease hissed on the stovetop and turned to crackling bubbles and smoke. Julie narrates this story, telling of sorrows and joy. I found this book to be both intriguing and frustrating. Marriage provided no relief and she had to work even harder in order to make a life with her husband. I love this book and was very excited to get it on CD. I plunged the sacks into the pot and pulled them out streaming warm water. But as I slid the container onto the stovetop I pushed it too far to the right and hit the canner already there. Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2014. . You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Widely regarded as the poet laureate of Appalachia, Morgan captures the spirit of this wilderness territory he knows so well. The book was a bit odd, I kept waiting to get to the meat and potatoes of the story and then the next thing i know the book is done. Flames landed on the second canner of fat and on the dishpans full of fat on the table. The boiling fat rocked like a wave had been sent through it. It seemed unnecessary and distracting. There was a little blood on the fat and on the board also, and I hardly noticed when I felt a nip at the end of my middle finger as I held a slab down to slice it. 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. The situation was interesting enough but I decided that Robert Morgan should not try to write from a woman's perspective. However, it may not be an easy or enjoyable read for a teen. Julie watches her brother and then her father die, and is the one the family depends on to care for these two as they are ill. Events take a quick turn after these deaths when Julie meets Hank Richards, and marries at the young age of 17. There's a problem loading this menu right now. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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. This is the work only I can do. That made me think nothing was burning but the lard, and maybe that could be put out. 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. 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. I've wanted to read this book for years and I discovered it in my bookcase a few weeks ago. A cumbersome and unhurried story of sufferings and hope that is simple and ragged, but never seems to keep a winning pace. But, I was interested and almost engrossed the entire time because I could understand and relate to the female protagonist so well. The story was touching and sad and made me infinitely grateful to live in a time where life is easier. Robert Morgan's "Gap Creek" is written in a simple manner, easy to read, but raw. He creates living, breathing souls who, as transparent as their dreams and fears may seem today, demand to be taken seriously.”, “His stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank Williams’s best songs.”, “Gripping storytelling, indelible sense of time and place . Morgan's writing is beautiful and at times poetic, which is not surprising given his background as a poet. Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback)), “Morgan . What the young woman of the story had to do daily just to survive, put me in my place. When Robert Morgan's third novel, "Gap Creek," was published in 1999, it caused an unexpected stir. Morgan creates a vivid main character, Julie, who is wholly believable and whom I rooted for all the way. But I couldn't just leave Mr. Pendergast laying there in the fire. And then Ma took one of his feet and helped me pull him onto the porch. But when I saw the bright blood on the white fat I knowed I'd cut myself. He dropped to the floor and crawled under the smoke. 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 don't care that there's a sequel; the author should have ended the book differently, perhaps in a different place in time. "You stay out of there," Ma Richards hollered. I couldn't even see any flames. Mr. Pendergast come running in with another bucket of water. “We don’t know a tenth of what there is to know,” Mr. Pendergast said. I carried the hot dripping sacks against my chest and hurried through the back door. The New York Times At the beginning of the 20th Century there is a most unusual woman living in Gap Creek, isolated in the Appalachian high country. Read-alikes are one of the many benefits of membership. The relationships between the characters was good, the old man was interesting and his death made me cry. The water just spread the fire. 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 loved this book, the imagery was amazing. Well written. 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. That might not have amounted to nothing, except the rocking and sloshing continued in the canner and the hot oil spit out again and leapt right into the flames. It had no place in this book. But there must have been enough grease so that some of it busted into flame, for I seen fire on top of the stove. Other women have done their work down the course of the years, and now it's my turn. Her relationship with her husband and mother in law is drawn particularly well. The character of Hank is interesting and I got a pretty good sense of him, but I wish we had understood a bit more of his true personality and where he was coming from. Written in the first person by the main character, Julie Harmon Richards, this book is the story of Julie and Hank's marriage. The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. There was no way I wanted to get out of it. This book alone managed convince me to ignore Oprah's Book Club. 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. "You won't need room if that tips over on you," Ma snapped. I was attracted to this because it takes place in the Appalachians. 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. He reached into the corner behind the wood box and brought out a pint jar. Not having any money and being able to barter made things bearable for many people like Hank and Julie. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. The plot line is gripping and the characters feel like real people you will think about long after you stop reading. Gap Creek is the work of a master. Would this book be okay for a teen reader? Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8. I liked certain parts of it quite a bit, including the idea of following two people starting their lives together as a married couple struggling to scratch out a place for themselves in the world. 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