Wow - this is one everyone should read just to understand how easy we have it today! This is a deeply moving novel, and although it is set in the depths of poverty and difficulty, it offers a glimmer of hope, as well. The characters are intensely drawn.
i read this, because my mother in law loves Oprah, so whatever Oprah raves about, she buys and passes it on to me, for the most part these books do not float my boat, but this one sat in my night stand for a year, and i finally picked it up and tried it... i'm glad I did, as the story was gripping, not a light fun happy book, which is what I like in something I read before i fall asleep each night.. this is a great story of a time when things were hard, and life was full of challenges that required more strength than I would ever have! It was a good book that I found myself thinking about after I read it. I passed it on to my mom and she loved it.
I loved this book! So different from most of today's fiction. The author notes at the end: "I tell my students that you do not write living fiction by attempting to transcribe actual events onto the page. You create a sense of real characters and a real story by putting down one vivid detail, one exact phrase, at a time. The fiction is imagined, but if it is done well, it seems absolutely true, as real as the world around us." I say he is a master, if this book is any indication.
Jennifer M. reviewed Gap Creek: The Story Of A Marriage on
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This book was such a good read. Once I got started, I could not put it down! This book is so simply written, you feel as if you are part of Julie Harmons world. You see her grow as a young woman, as a wife, and as a partner. This is a beautiful story of a marriage- its ups, its downs, and all that's in between.
bellorri reviewed Gap Creek: The Story Of A Marriage on
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This book is excellent. The main character is likeable from the start and the flow of the story is amazing. I read it in one day and wanted more. Julie is a strength to be reckoned with as well as a wonderfully compassionate woman. Her trials through life make you want to be a better human being.
I liked it though it started slow. I suspect that some of the references made to household goods didn't yet exist for the time period. However, the pace picked up and the characters were believable. I enjoyed the anticipation of wondering what would afflict this young family next; a bit inspirational in fact.
This was a really great book, but such a sad and tragic story. It is about a young girl, 17 years old, has had an already tragic life, seeing her younger brother and father die, gets married, moves away from the only family she has known. It's one tragedy after another until her and her husband have to leave the only home that they have known together after they have built it up from nothing. It really opened my eyes to how times really were in 1900. This book reminded me a lot of Cold Mountain. Very good story.
The story is a hard one, but one that I couldn't put down. The lives of the characters are as real as those of us who read. The hopes, fears, pain, loss and relationships just as bittersweet as mine and people I know. The author is amazing in how he is able to so fully capture the feminine personality of the main character. I had to constantly remind myself the writer with a women's voice was actually a male. I loaned this book to my best friend who usually only likes light reading. She read the whole thing and loved it even with the hard parts because she could so relate to and understand the characters.
This book is beautifully written, but oh, so sad. A woman works her whole life away under the very worst circumstances. It is depressing, but somehow uplifting to see the human spirit at work in spite of all of life's troubles in this post Civil War tale of mountain people and their struggles. Genny
Oprah's Book Club selection. National Best Seller, A New York Times Noteable Book, Winner of the Southern Book Critic Circle Award. A starkly beautiful story of a strong young woman prevailing over natural disasters and tragedies, as well a cultural barriers, in the first year of her marriage in the last year of the century.
Wonderful, moving story. I had to keep reading till the end. Wish there was a follow-up as I'd like to know what happened to Julie and Hank. The descriptions and character development reads like a poem. Highly recommended.
From a rocky start to her marriage, Julie manages to hang on to every thread of self-determination, and makes choices that will determine her own future. This story proves the power of God and prayer and fellowship, a great read!
This is one that I read and it was a great love story set back in the day long time ago. Gives a great look into the trials that you would have gone through in the time before we had the car, the store was not close by and you had to be great at gardening and canning. (So forth.)
In turn-of-the-century Appalachia, Julie Harmon marries and faces a hard life of subsistence farming: a constant struggle against not only nature but the unpredictable humans who inhabit her world.
During their first year of marriage, Julie and Hank move to Gap Creek, South Carolina, where a flood that nearly kills them tests the endurance of their relationship.
This book was one of Oprah's Book Clubs' books. When I started to read this book I couldn't put it down. It is a very heartfelt book.
Small town folks living a life they are given not what they would actually want for themselves if they had more choices. Hard working woman is stuck in a marriage of convenience even though she thinks it's love. Making life work no matter what circumstances we are given made me feel for her.
I am glad I read this book. Their life was hard. My life in comparison is SO easy. I almost feel guilty! I was amazed at how the male author was able to write from a woman's point of view with such accuracy of emotion.
Julie D. reviewed Gap Creek: The Story Of A Marriage on
I remember that I loved this book when I read it. The author describes hog butchering and dressing in such detail that I felt like I saw it myself. It's not a gruesome book, but rather a very frank depiction of life in a time when things weren't so easy. I have another of his books on my TBR shelf.
Another of Oprah's Club books. The story of a Carolina turn of the century woman - her childhood and marriage through bad times and good. Very good story of another era full of fasinating characters and events.
Set at the turn of the last century, on the North / South Carolina border, the simple and straightforward language of the novel tells of a young woman growing into marriage. Coping with a husband himself struggling to grow up, the young couple faces hard work, natural disaster, and the occasional attention of scoundrels. But they also find a community, a church, and a strength within themselves.
New York Times Bestseller; Oprah's Book Club "A starkly beautiful story of a strong young woman prevailing over natural disasters and tragedies, as well as cultural barriers, in the first year of her marriage in the last year of the century." - Loyal Jones
While it was well written, this book was just plain depressing! One tragedy after another! The description of the main character prepping that dead guy's body for a funeral, I was like, "oh come on!" Like she really would have done that. Will not read more Oprah picks, she seems to always like depressing stories. Not for me