Gap Creek: A Novel

by Robert Morgan

Algonquin Books | August 21, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

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. 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. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. 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.

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Published: August 21, 2012

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616201789

ISBN - 13: 9781616201784

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad...but not as good as I thought it would be The novel starts off great! Very interesting, twisting back and forth in situations.....however when Julie marrys Hank, the story isn't as exciting, isn't much of a page turner as the beginning. I would give this author another try in the future provided another time period and strong stoy line were to become available.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In the middle To me this story started out well. The characters were believable, the premise interesting. When she picked up and got married...in don't know, I found it much easier to leave the book on the bedside.
Date published: 2001-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Appreciate What We Have Robert Morgan did an excellent job of describing the period of the book. While this was not one of my favourite books, I did enjoy reading it. I can't imagine living in a time where even the simplest thing was such a difficult task! Morgan accurately portrayed the period that the book took place in, and painted a clear picture of the work involved simply to "get by". Julie loses her Dad at a fairly young age, and she is expected to take on the brunt of the work, specifically the chores that would have been done by the man of the house. Julie and Hank meet, fall in love and get married. I think that Julie thinks that life will be somewhat easier for her once she is married. She and Hank move to Gap Creek, and she is suddenly faced with the reality that she must do as much or more as she did before. It is the story of a hard life, and of a marriage. I would be interested to read what had happened to Julie and Hank 30 or 40 years from the end of this book.
Date published: 2001-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Read This was an OK read. The character development could have been stronger. This book didn't arose any emotions in me or leave me with a "life message". I do admire tho how this couple survived all the calamaties.
Date published: 2001-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent As a 17 year old female, it almost seems like i can identify with Julie. I understood all the "new" and "exciting" things that she went through after marrying and coming into a brand new lifestyle. I found this book wonderful, and felt like I was also there with her. I read it in the hospital, while sick with Appendicitis, and through bouts of Demerol, couldn't wait to get back to her prairie adventures. I think I'm going to stick with Oprah's picks from now on!!
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This reminds me of how I loved to read "Little House on the Prairie" as a child. This is the adult version that fills in the blanks. Each page flows into the next to show the life and love of one girl and her will to continue living no matter what. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't read this if you're already depressed! Our book club chose to read this as a "selection of the month". Every page was a disaster...and not just in the story line. It was the most depressing book I've ever read and, furthermore, lost credibility for me when describing Julie's first sex experience. Fortunately, through some lively discussion at the book club, I didn't come away feeling that reading it was a total waste of time...just thankful we had another book to move on to. Wait for the paperback...it's not worth the hard cover price.
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book! I loved this book. I did not think it was about a love story as it was subtitled. Instead, I feel it should have been subtitled, "The story of one woman's strength and survival". I loved every word in this book. I feel like I have seen the movie of this story already in my head. It was very vivid and it definitely took me back to that particular time and place. I hated to finish this book and I can't want to read it again.
Date published: 2000-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cry Me a River at Gap Creek Morgan writes in the first person all through this book and tries to convince us that he can see and feel things that a 16 year old girl would experience in the backwoods of the 1800's -- it proves to be too much of a stretch and he didn't convince me the same way that Wally Lamb did in "She's Come Undone" or Matt Cohen has in his writing. Poor Julie found herself up the creek without a paddle.
Date published: 2000-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! There is so much detail in this book that it made you hungry when the characters were eating, thirsty when they were drinking, mad, sad, glad, etc. I loved it and I cannot wait until I forget about it so I can read it again!! Great "eye opener" to how spoiled we are today!!
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gap Creek Great Read Gap Creek was an awesome read. I had a very hard time putting it down. There is a little bit of Julie in all wives. From the insinuated infidelity to the struggle for survival it was one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2000-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no ending This was an interesting story, but it did not have an ending. I felt that the author got tired of writing and just ended it. Oprah can make best sellers out of books that are just average and wouldn't make it on there own. I don't think I will pay attention to her suggestions any more.
Date published: 2000-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I expected Oprah may recommend this one but I was a little disappointed. It is a good story about the trials and tribulations of a backwoods South Carolina young woman. It was good enough to keep me reading but somehow left me hanging and wanting for something more in the end. Perhaps there will be a sequel....
Date published: 2000-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Gap Creek I agree with one of the previous reviews. This plot ran like those silent movies, you always knew what was going to happen next. The ending was too open to bring any closure to the narrative. Save yourself this experience and read a book about real pioneers.
Date published: 2000-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautifully written! This book captured my heart from the start. I couldn't wait to read the next page and didn't want it to end. I now understand my grandparents better for I was given the ability to envision and feel the struggle and hard work it took to survive.
Date published: 2000-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page turner! This book was very hard to put down. The descriptions of how difficult life was; the smells, sights, tastes and sounds were very real. Great examples of how perilous life was just 100 years ago. I really empathized with Julie, and how hard she had to struggle to understand, and then get on with life while only 17. Some of the descriptions got a bit overwrought at times, but overall an excellent book. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy a good story, with real characters.
Date published: 2000-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad The story was very simple and there were no real surprises. It seemed the female lead went from one disaster to the other, but like on the Walton's, the outcomes were always good. A lot more could have been done with this story if the author had went the extra mile.
Date published: 2000-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a fast read immediatly interesting, this story keeps you reading. The hardships the characters went through were common for our older generations. It gave me more respect for our elderly society, they did endure much hardship!!
Date published: 2000-03-03

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Gap Creek: A Novel

by Robert Morgan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 21, 2012

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616201789

ISBN - 13: 9781616201784

From the Publisher

Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

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. 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. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. 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.

About the Author

Acclaimed author of best-seller "Gap Creek".