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Throughout the novel, Morgan chronicles Julie's trials in prose of great dignity and clarity, capturing the rhythms of North Carolina speech by using only the subtlest of inflections. Clearly the author has done his research too--the descriptions of physical labor practically leap off the page. (Suffice to say, you'll learn far more about hog slaughtering than you ever dreamed of knowing.) Yet he resists the temptation to make his long-suffering characters into saints. Julie simmers with resentment at being her family's workhorse, and Hank flies into a helpless rage whenever he feels that his authority is questioned. In novels like The Truest Pleasure and The Hinterlands, Morgan proved his ability to create memorable heroines. In Gap Creek, he writes with great feeling--but not a touch of sentimentality--about a life Julie aptly calls "both simple and hard." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Long after reading this book you can't help but think about Julie throughout your day. When I think my life is overwhelming and full of problems I think about her (even though she... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2007 by Kay
I checked out the audio version and could not get past CD 4. The constant "I said/he said..." drove me crazy. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
Great storytelling with movement, a great plot, and wonderful characters. You won't be disappointed.
Also recommended: McCrae's Bark of the Dogwood
For reading a detailed account of life in Gap Creek, I was expecting more of an emotional attachment from the protagonist than what Robert Morgan gave the lead character.Published on Dec 21 2003 by P. Bovell
Gap Creek is a great story, but it's too heavy on tragedy, hardship, and melodrama. It ends on a slight uplift toward hope, but nothing in the previous too-many pages leads readers... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003 by Peggy Vincent
I think this book .. the way it was written was simple and easy which keeps the story moving and keeps my interest. Nothing is in the way of a good story. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Sharon Cormier
The main character was so honest that you felt as though you knew her. She made no apologies for the truth; she held it right out there for you to see. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Alicia Walker
I just finished this book up and was surprised at how good it was.
This book is a total tragedy though. Read more
After the death of her brother and father, 17-year-old Julie Harmon leaves her mother and sisters in the mountains of North Carolina to start a new life in the valley of Gap Greek... Read morePublished on July 30 2003 by MissGoWest