Ma run out to the back porch and got the water bucket. Robert Morgan. And then I couldn't find the door. And just then Ma brought a bucket of water still warm from the washpot and throwed it on his shirt. They learned and lived and loved and then lost so much that they needed to start over. "I'll have to be more careful," I said. Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback)), “Morgan . I pulled her toward the back door. There was grease all over the stove and all over the kitchen. A Gripping Story Line With Extraordinary Characters, Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014. Robert Morgan's novel, GAP CREEK, is a masterpiece in poetic prose. All rights reserved. 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. . Gap Creek. That made me think nothing was burning but the lard, and maybe that could be put out. “Why we don’t even know a sixth.”, “There is a smell that lung sickness gives people. She learns early on in life that a woman's work is never done and, she decides, is best done quickly and without complaint. I started coughing, and every time I coughed I breathed in more smoke. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I was definitely left wanting more and to know how Julie and Hank ended up years later. 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. There he is adopted by a Cherokee chief, and falls in love with a girl he won in a card game. I had to throw up everything. But I didn't pay no attention to her. Julie Harmon works hard "hard as a man" they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. I sliced twenty times this way and twenty times crossways. The New York Times Book Review says Morgan's "stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with … 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 . Is there a follow up to this book? It arrived fairly quickly and fit the description for the product. 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. An "ah hah" moment never came. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. To see what your friends thought of this book. You couldn't see nothing in the kitchen. 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. It was about the beginning and the laying of the foundation of a marriage I would say. Gap Creek is a story about a strong young woman trying to make sense of the events in her life; death, marriage and parenthood don't dampen her spirits. Buy a cheap copy of Gap Creek : The Story Of A Marriage... book by Robert Morgan. What the young woman of the story had to do daily just to survive, put me in my place. 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. When I was empty I stood up straight and wiped my mouth and brow. Welcome back. In between, this novel of... Free shipping over $10. 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 don't. I guess I found out that I enjoy this type of historical fiction more than I realized. She went through great trials with a perseverance few people possess! I've been an Oprah Book Club fan since the beginning, may be in the minority. Married at a young age, they find whatever happens ... strength comes in their love for each other. Free download or read online Gap Creek pdf (ePUB) book. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. Gap Creek is a sequel to Morgan's other novel, The Truest Pleasure. Julie worked like a dog, even being pregnant. I was captivated by this strong woman (actually, a girl, 17 yrs old) who basically did what she had to do to survive. I'd started the fire, and I had to stop it. The skin looked black on his forehead and scalp where his hair had been. The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. "The fire is out," Hank said. The author of eleven books of poetry and eight books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Gap Creek, he now lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches at Cornell University. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. Not so! After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I bought a used set and there's 11 CDs. I hated this book for so many reasons! Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2013. Refresh and try again. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Here is strength and grace and immeasurable courage: a triumph!" With a whoosh the fire flared on the stovetop. People are weak, and there is so much to do. A novel of sharply drawn character studies immersed in more than 250 hard, transformative years in the African-American diaspora. Book Notes: “Gap Creek” by Joan Vannorsdall. I thought this one started strong but ended weak. 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. People are weak, and there is so much to do. The story is told in her simple, uneducated voice, in spare and rough prose. Ma Richards called. The scene with Julie, her father, and brother in the woods at night is amazingly well done, especially Julie's realization that the natural world. The flung grease hissed on the stovetop and turned to crackling bubbles and smoke. 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 was so weak I couldn't hardly stand up. Nothing is clean-cut and dry, which I also appreciated. I found myself wanting the Julie and Hank to make it,but at the same time, I wanted to smack Hand and make him man up. 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. There wasn't a blanket or quilt anywhere. 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. 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. Her relationship with her husband and mother in law is drawn particularly well. . I carried the hot dripping sacks against my chest and hurried through the back door. I definitely recommend it. Born in Hendersonville, NC, he teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English. A Poetic Treatment of Hard Life on a Farm, Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2017. My first book by Robert Morgan, I like his style of writing. I don't recommend it for anybody. She grew up helping her father and mother run their house and farm. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 336 pages and is available in Paperback format. The voice, as it happens, is of seventeen-year-old Julie Harmon. "Let him go," Ma shouted. I screamed as the flames covered Mr. Pendergast up. It is unfortunate that other people took advantage of these two innocent young people who trusted what was told to them by (no other description) but thieves. This book gave me a tiny peek into the life of a girl who had to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities in order for her family to survive. I recommend this book. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Morgan's writing is beautiful and at times poetic, which is not surprising given his background as a poet. I had to try to help him. I heaved until tears come to my eyes and I was so weak I was trembling. I found this to be a very good detailed story of what it was like for people who lived during that period of time. "We'll have to get out," I yelled to Ma. Smoke poured out the door and out the windows. You get to know and care about the characters, especially the narrator. "Don't get blood on the lard fat," Ma said. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 4 DE ENE. I stood up and looked in the door. That was when the fire blazed up in the canner itself. The longer I held my breath the more it felt like my chest was ready to explode. The air was fresh, but every time I took a breath I coughed, and smoke burned in my lungs and in my throat. My left hand was so slick with grease I couldn't pick up anything but the blocks of fat. October 2nd 2000 "What money?" Robert Morgan takes you through the day to day struggles of life and ends the tale emotionally with yet anoth. They learned and lived and loved and then lost so much that they needed to start over. She was physically strong and knew what had to be done to make it through some tough challenges. Well, it is that, in the same sense that "Moby-Dick" is the story of a whale. I picked this up and it immediately caught my attention. "You could have been killed," Ma Richards said. She had this deep well of inner strength that only grew stronger as each trial came her way. I leaped up the steps and run past Mr. Pendergast into the smoking kitchen. I was trying to throw up all the smoke I had swallowed, but puked out tenderloin and grits and butter, now sour and bitter. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. The boiling fat rocked like a wave had been sent through it. 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." More than that and I admit it, I get distracted! 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. “The hardest work I did on Gap Creek was trying to get the voice right,” says Robert Morgan, who has been called the poet laureate of Appalachia. No spoilers here, you will have to read it to find out more. I couldn't even see any flames. This is a story of a newly married couple who set out to make a home for themselves in the mountains of Appalachia. Robert Morgan's "Gap Creek" is written in a simple manner, easy to read, but raw. I expected, based on the title, to get the whole story, and I feel a bit jipped. 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. 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. She is the third daughter in a … And it was fake. But it is a great escape into a time gone by in the southern Appalachians of upstate SC. Married at a young age, they find whatever happens ... strength comes in their love for each other. "Don't throw no water," I hollered. In that light, I want to address some of the negatives I read on this site from other readers. 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. 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. Marriage provided no relief and she had to work even harder in order to make a life with her husband. "You won't need room if that tips over on you," Ma snapped. by Touchstone, Gap Creek : The Story Of A Marriage (Oprah's Book Club). But, I was interested and almost engrossed the entire time because I could understand and relate to the female protagonist so well. Captivating book that graphically describes everyday poor life in the turn-of-the-century Appalachians. When Robert Morgan's third novel, "Gap Creek," was published in 1999, it caused an unexpected stir. Oh, there wasn't one???!!! I love her pragmatic approach to life and forgiveness of others - even an obnoxious mother-in-law. Robert Morgan knows every corner, every inch, of the way of life he portrays in this deeply affecting book. shows what it was like to be human in a time and place now far removed from modern America. But, I was interested and almost engrossed the entire time because I could understand and relate to the female protagonist so well. But as I slid the container onto the stovetop I pushed it too far to the right and hit the canner already there. I loved this book, the imagery was amazing. I grabbed a dishcloth and wiped the grease off my finger. I don't like to read about any sort of books containing rural background. I picked this up and it immediately caught my attention. She is just a teenager when her brother dies her arms. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Born in Hendersonville, NC, he teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English. Novelist Robert Morgan is also a prizewinning poet, and critics have praised Gap Creek for its "starkly beautiful" imagery and "simple but luminous" prose. After reading this book I don't think I can ever complain again about having too much work to do. This book had few redeeming characteristics. I've wanted to read this book for years and I discovered it in my bookcase a few weeks ago. An Appalachian Lisbeth perhaps?? I just finished this book. I looked through the back door and seen the smoke was settling in the kitchen. I selected it to read because my public library's website said that if you liked "These is My Words", you would like this one. Not worth recommending and i can't figure out why so many people loved it. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. He was screaming and the fire seemed to be right on top of his head. I was coughing too and felt smothered from the smoke. Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 2000: Robert Morgan's Gap Creek opens with one wrenching death and ends with another. "Take his foot," I hollered to Ma, but she was already out the door and on the back steps coughing and trying to get her breath. If you think your life is rough, read this book. It seemed unnecessary and distracting. “We don’t know a tenth of what there is to know,” Mr. Pendergast said. "That's what comes of being in a hurry," Ma said. "Julie bumped a canner and the lard caught fire," Ma Richards said. Ok. Just checking. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Gyasi’s debut novel opens in the mid-1700s in what is now Ghana, as tribal rivalries are exploited by British and Dutch colonists and slave traders. 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. Bending close to the floor I walked to the stove and throwed wet sacks on the burning canners, and then the smoke boiled up worse and I couldn't hardly see what I was doing. He dropped to the floor and crawled under the smoke. Look forward to more fm this author! He stepped out on the porch fanning the smoke with his hand. The newlyweds and their progression through life working a farm under the watchful eye of the owner who is elderly. The smoke was so thick I couldn't see much. I bent over and felt something wet leap in my throat, and found I was throwing up on the ground. I found this book to be both intriguing and frustrating. Please try again. "Nothing you can do.". Robert Morgan knows every corner, every inch, of the way of life he portrays in this deeply affecting book. His face looked awful with its burns, but he was still holding the pint jar, and in the jar was dollar bills and coins like sliced pickles. I guess he must have been to the spring. 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. The top half of the room was already clear. "Set the canner further back on the stove," Ma Richards said. Also, the further along I got, the more I skimmed because I started getting bored. I put a hand over my eyes and started toward the door. This couple’s misfortunes are sometimes unbelievable. I run back out to the pile of sacks and got eight or nine more and carried them to the washpot. Morgan turns the stories of prosaic lives into page-turners.” —, GAP CREEK IS THE WORK OF A MASTER.--Fred Chappell. Julie Harmon is an inspiring, likable character who keeps going even while enduring one tragedy after another. A drop fell from the end of my finger, and then another. Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2013. The description of Gap Creek is spot on with the actual location of the area. To keep from breathing smoke I held my breath, and it felt like my chest was going to bust. 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. My only disappointment was the reader's attempt at an Appalachian accent (which is different from just Southern). 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. 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. The water just spread the fire. Historical Weather. My knee knocked against something hard, and my head banged on a sharp corner. The flames followed the leap of the splash. Gap Creek Outstanding book because it puts us in a different time, through Julie, a mere seventeen year old, but wise beyond her years! A simple, hard life says it all. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. The first edition of the novel was published in 1999, and was written by Robert Morgan. I plunged the sacks into the pot and pulled them out streaming warm water. Gap Creek is the work of a master. However, between requesting it from there and starting it, I read some Goodreads reviews and thought, ugh, I picked a bummer. Would this book be okay for a teen reader? However, it may not be an easy or enjoyable read for a teen. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2016. I don't know how long I've had it or where I got it (Catholic Charities or Faith Rescue?). Hank was just strong in physique but not on the inside because of how he easily snap and breakdown during problems. By the description I knew the general location of the plot and was pleased to see that I was correct. In my opinion he got it all wrong. 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. Widely regarded as the poet laureate of Appalachia, Morgan captures the spirit of this wilderness territory he knows so well. 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. I also appreciate the depiction of a strong female 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. One question to ask yourself after you read the last sentence: Do you have Julie's inner strength and fortitude? He reached into the corner behind the wood box and brought out a pint jar. But he flung the water right on the fire, making even more smoke and steam. There's nothing to do but take hold of the pain and wrestle with it" (p. 284). I love this book and was very excited to get it on CD. Gap Creek takes you back in time to Julie Harmon's life at the turn of the century. Robert Morgan takes you through the day to day struggles of life and ends the tale emotionally with yet another death to Julie and her family. A cumbersome and unhurried story of sufferings and hope that is simple and ragged, but never seems to keep a winning pace. Gap Creek speaks of things both intimate and eternal." That was pretty cool. It is, as the blurb says, "The story of a Marriage." It must have been the kerosene catching fire. Ma screamed. 1999. I learned a lot about survival, hog dressing, burial customs, seeds, and other affairs of plain living. This is. March to Nashville, thence to Louisville, Ky., September 7-28. More than that and I admit it, I get distracted! If you think your life is rough, read this book. The situation was interesting enough but I decided that Robert Morgan should not try to write from a woman's perspective. 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. Reading Morgan's novel seemed like a real Foxfire experience. The relationships between the characters was good, the old man was interesting and his death made me cry. 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. The paperback version was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill on August 21, 2012. 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. She just didn't capture the voice in my head for Julie, so I felt that took away from the book. 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. Featured in Oprah's Book … . Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. There's lots of drama and excitement, but all centered around loss and disappointment. The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself. 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. She learns early on in life that a woman's work is never done and, she decides, is best done quickly and without complaint. 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. I loved this book. "Grab hold of his foot," I said. DE 1999 The Road From Gap Creek is narrated by the younger daughter of Julia, the heroine of Gap Creek. Julie Harmon is 16 when she marries Hank and moves down the mountain to Gap Creek. Julie Harmon is 16 when she marries Hank and moves down the mountain to Gap Creek. I cleaned off the left hand with the cloth and tore a strip from a fresh linen rag. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. Happy with my choice. 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