Eloquent, wise, and heartbreaking. -- Publishers Weekly
"Morgan's simple, eloquent language grounds the story in a tough farm life, his language pulses with poetry." -- The Washington Post Book World
Morgan writes "with an authority usually associated with the great novelists of the last centurey...this book is astonishing." -- The Boston Book Review
Set on the same ground and in the same time as Cold Mountain, The Truest Pleasure is a transcendent, critically acclaimed love story by one of America's finest writers.
Ginny and Tom have a practical marriage. Tom wants land to call his own, and Ginny knows she can't manage her aging father's farm by herself. They enjoy a mutual attraction that sometimes grows into a deeply gratifying love, but their obsessions always, inevitably, end up in the way.
Tom's obsession is easy to understand. He's a workaholic who hoards time and money. Ginny's is less predictable. That she loses control of her dignity, that she speaks in tongues, that she is "saved," seems to her a blessing and to Tom a disgrace.
It's not until Tom lies at the mercy of a disease for which the mountain doctor has no cure that Ginny realizes her truest pleasure.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book