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The Jump-Off Creek
The Jump-Off Creek
Author: Molly Gloss
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. William Kittredge called The Jump-Off Creek "a truly beautiful piece of American storytelling." The struggles of a widowed homesteader braving the austere and unsparing Blue Mountains contain "enough valor to make an ordinary life seem heroic" (Los Angeles Times)....  more »
ISBN-13: 9780395925010
ISBN-10: 0395925010
Publication Date: 2/15/1999
Pages: 192
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
The award-winning tale of a mountain pioneer woman in the 1890s, reflecting the hardships and rewards of life in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. An excellent fictional account... "A beautiful piece of American Storytelling."
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Helpful Score: 3
The prose is taught and spare, the characters are real and you come to care about them very quickly. A true portrait of pioneer life set in a fast paced novel.
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Helpful Score: 2
If you enjoy Oregon history, you will enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this book in two sittings. The story is a hard one; a woman homesteading alone in harsh surroundings. The woman lived a difficult past so her courage comes hard-won and the circumstances she faces living and working all by herself to make a home takes all of it. The characters in the book are all unique and believable. The writing style is a little different; no long-winded descriptions or details but the reader sees it all perfectly. A writer of lesser talent would have taken this story all over the place, adding dozens or hundreds of pages to make sure the reader 'gets it.' I could sit right down now and read it again, it was that good. Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love Molly Gloss and could not wait to read this book. I was not disappointed. I recommend it for readers who appreciate strong female characters. I give it 6 stars.
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