Oct 25, 2020
Gap Creek
Posted by Robert Morgan

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 laYoung 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 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.A native of the North Carolina mountains, Robert Morgan was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors An accomplished novelist and poet, he has won the James B Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and the Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize His short stories have appeared in Prize Stories The O Henry Awards and New Stories from the South, and his novel The Truest Pleasure was a finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

  • Title: Gap Creek
  • Author: Robert Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780743203630
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gap Creek 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

    Suzanna

    I loved this book 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 However, between requesting it from there and starting it, I read some reviews and thought, ugh, I picked a bummer Not so In that light, I want to address some of the negatives I read on this site from other readers.This book is, indeed, written by a man And it is told from a young woman s perspective But I found the author to be extremely insightful, and [...]


    Saleh MoonWalker

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    Camden

    This book alone managed convince me to ignore Oprah s Book Club The situation was interesting enough but I decided that Robert Morgan should not try to write from a woman s perspective In my opinion he got it all wrong Not worth recommending and i can t figure out why so many people loved it.


    AJ

    Robert Morgan s Gap Creek is written in a simple manner, easy to read, but raw If you think your life is rough, read this book The primary root of trouble in this story is the land of Gap Creek itself 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 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 bo [...]


    Jenn

    I thought this one started strong but ended weak 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 expected, based on the title, to get the whole story, and I feel a bit jipped Also, the further along I got, the I skimmed because I started getting bored Overall, though, I enjoyed the story, and I think MOrgan accurately portrays the Appalachian lifestyle at the [...]


    Linda

    I ve been an Oprah Book Club fan since the beginning, may be in the minority I thought this book was great, simple but raw I love books set in the Appalachian s My first book by Robert Morgan, I like his style of writing Look forward to fm this author


    Kathryn Yaste

    I hated this book for so many reasons Here are the top five.1 I don t buy Robert Morgan writing as a female It just doesn t wash.2 The sex scenes are beyond unbelievable they read like some weird hill billy acid trip synthesia It s very distracting.3 I don t buy that such a strong female character would tolerate such an abusive, whiny husband My tough ol granny would have shot him and thrown his ass in the creek.4 On a related note, I hated Hank and was waiting for him to die I was disappointed [...]


    Lynne Spreen

    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 The voice, as it happens, is of seventeen year old Julie Harmon At seventeen, she s a good girl, and strong, working as hard as a man alongside her father in this gritty, realistic portrayal of life in late nineteenth century North Carolina Morgan starts us off with the depiction of a horrifying illness in the very first chapter When her younger brother d [...]


    Tricia

    I picked up a nice copy of this book from my library book sale for 10 cents awhile back I decided to read it this week as my final book for the Southern Literature Challenge because it won the Southern Book Critic Circle Award However, it is also an Oprah book Next time I pick up an Oprah book, somebody please just slap me This book is depressing than a sunless day in January How depressing Read on Spoilers Set in 1899, the book opens with 17 year old protagonist Julie Harmon describing the gru [...]


    Kristy

    Uhhhhh What exactly was the point of what I just read Oh, there wasn t one Ok Just checking Was this bad No Boring at times, yes I mean this is a Oprah s book club reade praise for it is borderline overwhelming But, I just can t gush I can t tell you it was horrid I m not going to remember this book The only memorable moment was the baby death scene Even that wasn t written extraordinarily well The characters were hard to get to know None weresuper likeablelikeable And, what was up with the baby [...]


    Alisa

    It s amusing that this novel is recommended by the Oprah Book Club juggernaut alongside Faulkner, because Morgan is trying for the Faulkner unreliable narrator, first person regional dialect I don t think he s entirely successful, though The dust jacket let us know he s from North Carolina mountain stock, and the setting feels pretty authentic I think it s late 1800s or around the turn of the century, but it s not entirely clear I do wish that had been obvious, but then the narrator, Julie Rich [...]


    Heather

    Gap Creek takes you back in time to Julie Harmon s life at the turn of the century She grew up helping her father and mother run their house and farm 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 Robert Morgan takes you through the day to day struggles of life and ends the tale emotionally with yet another d [...]


    ☯Lilbookworm☮

    Forgot to update as I was reading this A very compelling book, loved the determination through out Is there a follow up to this book My first book by this author, would love to read by him.


    Suzie

    This book had few redeeming characteristics I don t recommend it for anybody The only reason that I gave it a rating of 2 is because it was well written and because I felt compelled to keep reading to see what would happen to the heroine, hoping that something good would come her way I read the book in one sitting, 3.5 hours Robert Morgan tried to write this period novel from a woman s point of view, I assume, since the main character is a woman who is telling her own story The result of his eff [...]


    Beth

    I went to Oprah s book club to find some new reads and happened on Morgan I was attracted to this because it takes place in the Appalachians His writing is very poetical and descriptive, with an almost musical lilt to some of his writing Add to that the country way of speaking that lends a charm of it s own The ground was deep in fresh fell leaves, and leaves sparkled like they was waxed and oiled I kicked up a cloud of leaves I kicked up a fog of new fell leaves I kicked away the leaves in fron [...]


    Christine

    This book was not so bad but it wasn t as intriguing to me as the other books I read I don t like to read about any sort of books containing rural background I really enjoyed how Julie, the main character just gets things done whether she wants to or not I, on the other hand, cannot be like her because at home when I m assigned to do chores, I do them when I m done with my homework or if I really don t like doing it, I don t get it done at all Julie is a hard working woman who, had seen her fath [...]


    Shelley

    I picked this up and it immediately caught my attention 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 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 They were what they were 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 o [...]


    Jordan

    I picked this book up from the second hand bookstore near where I work on a particularly rainy and grey Sunday Since I haven t been reading like I used to, I wanted something easy to get me back in the groove, and this book, and the snippet of review from the NYT on the cover, caught my eye It s interesting enough, and the first 50 pages or so drew me in like crazy hint gruesome death , but as I neared the end, I realized that there wasn t really ever going to be any story or any real resolution [...]


    #artdamnit Reads

    Spoilers aheadGap Creek by Robert Morgan was also a free friday book and it was an Oprah Book of the Month book as well Oprah, you did not pick a winner here The story is about the first year of marriage between a young couple in 1900 South Carolina It started out strong, with Julie being an unusually hard working and dedicated woman, and that doesn t change But at some point she totally stops standing up for herself At one point of the story she gets conned and when her husband finds out he sla [...]


    Suzanne Moore

    Set in South Carolina during the late 1800s, Gap Creek is where newlyweds Julie and Hank set out to make a life Married at a young age, they find whatever happens strength comes in their love for each other Julie narrates this story, telling of sorrows and joy Her faith in God helps her live through sadness and trials 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 A simple, hard life [...]


    Heather

    Julie Harmon is an inspiring, likable character who keeps going even while enduring one tragedy after another 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 Morgan s writing is beautiful and at times poetic, which is not surprising given his background as a poet 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 can [...]


    Lisalu

    Alright I know this book has been out for years, but I just got around to reading it I was looking for something to occupy some time over winter break and this seemed to meet my requirement just about 300 pages More than that and I admit it, I get distracted Happy with my choice This was one of those books where I found myself sneaking away from other things I needed to do, to go back and read I guess I found out that I enjoy this type of historical fiction than I realized It makes sense, sinc [...]


    Sally906

    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 Unlike some of her other selections this one keeps you entranced through the whole story Julie Harmon is 16 when she marries Hank and moves down the mountain to Gap Creek 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 And things ge [...]


    Michele Chapman

    This is an Oprah s Book Club selection by a prize winning author, which usually equates to the Midas Touch of Literature However, it didn t ring true for me Perhaps it was because it was a man writing a female character It reminded me a great deal of someone writing about the sea who had never seen it or smelled it or touched it The main character, Julie, came across as an abstract, conceptual woman rather than a real one There were whole passages in the book I started to skim because they screa [...]


    Kris Meyer

    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 It reminds those of us sitting comfortably in our easy chairs, sipping lattes, and reading books how difficult life once was just a century ago Set in the Blue Ridge mountains, along the border of North and South Carolina, it is the story of a poor, young, newl [...]


    Book Him Danno

    I loved this book, the imagery was amazing The newlyweds and their progression through life working a farm under the watchful eye of the owner who is elderly The flood was frightening and saving the animals was so important and yet they lost so much The relationships between the characters was good, the old man was interesting and his death made me cry Julie worked like a dog, even being pregnant They learned and lived and loved and then lost so much that they needed to start over This is a book [...]


    Cece

    Beautifully written telling a story of marriage and day to day work of a rural family in the Carolina mountains Reading this really takes reader back in time and place and felt was right there with Julie and all the work she did every day and held things together for those around her.


    Vicki B

    Interesting look into the life of 1900 s South Carolina hills Apparently the author based the book loosely on his grandparent s first year of marriage.Butch a hard, dark year it was I was sad even when I wasn t reading the book.


    Karen

    After almost reading halfway through the book I just couldn t do it any This is just not the book for me Very depressing and too much inappropriate stuff I would rather use my time to read some worthyb 4 21 17


    Jessika

    Gap Creek is a story of survival and perseverance and hope, but I still am not quite sure how I feel about it So I m just going to list a few thoughts about this one 1 I really admired and liked Julie Granted, there were some things she did that I definitely would have done or reacted to differently, but I try to remember that the late 1800s were a different time for women than they are now She threw her heart and soul into work and making as good of a life for her and her family as she could I [...]



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