Book Reviews of The Jump-Off Creek

The Jump-Off Creek
The Jump-Off Creek
Author: Molly Gloss
ISBN-13: 9780395560013
ISBN-10: 0395560012
Publication Date: 9/19/1990
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
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: 2
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: 1
If you enjoy Oregon history, you will enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
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: 1
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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I adore stories of pioneer, survival type women so this was right up my street. A bit choppy in places, but not enough to deter reading on about her struggles. I am a questioner, and wonder about some practicalities which this woman had to have encountered, but still believable. Good descriptive writing and authentic feeling of the time. The ending a bit abrupt, left to the reader's own wrap up really, which I didn't mind. Ldybritt
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Great read.