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 » Told with Molly Gloss's unsentimental reserve, this novel is an inspiring reminder of a rich and uniquely American past. (A Mariner Reissue)« less
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."
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.