The Road from Gap Creek

The Road from Gap Creek

Robert Morgan / Dec 12, 2019

The Road from Gap Creek One of America s most acclaimed writers returns to the land on which he has staked a literary claim to paint an indelible portrait of a family in a time of unprecedented change In a compelling weaving

  • Title: The Road from Gap Creek
  • Author: Robert Morgan
  • ISBN: 9781616201616
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of America s most acclaimed writers returns to the land on which he has staked a literary claim to paint an indelible portrait of a family in a time of unprecedented change In a compelling weaving of fact and fiction, Robert Morgan introduces a family s captivating story, set during World War II and the Great Depression Driven by the uncertainties of the future, theOne of America s most acclaimed writers returns to the land on which he has staked a literary claim to paint an indelible portrait of a family in a time of unprecedented change In a compelling weaving of fact and fiction, Robert Morgan introduces a family s captivating story, set during World War II and the Great Depression Driven by the uncertainties of the future, the family struggles to define itself against the vivid Appalachian landscape The Road from Gap Creek explores modern American history through the lives of an ordinary family persevering through extraordinary times.

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        Robert Morgan was raised on his family s farm in the North Carolina mountains The author of eleven books of poetry and eight books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Gap Creek, he now lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches at Cornell University.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


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    1. Two and a half starsI read Gap Creek many years ago and loved it, so I was excited to see a new book by Robert Morgan. This one starts with a sad event from World War two and then goes back in time as Annie, daughter of Hank and Julie, remembers incidents about her brother, growing up and relationships and The Great Depression. While I enjoyed the voice of the novel I found it rather like reading a stream of consciousness as it meandered around from one time to another. I have to admit I’m alw [...]


    2. I was eager to read Robert Morgan’s sequel to his 1999 novel “Gap Creek.” Though the plot was by now a dim memory, I recalled having liked the book very much. However, I’m guessing that this one will fade into oblivion rather quickly.Annie Richards, daughter of Hank and Julie, protagonists of “Gap Creek,” is an appealing narrator: sympathetic, observant, honest. Her story covers about 25 years, beginning with the move from Gap Creek, SC, to Green River, NC, when she was five. Includi [...]


    3. This is a true gentle read. Morgan continues the family saga he began in Gap Creek : A Novel. The Road From Gap Creek is narrated by the younger daughter of Julia, the heroine of Gap Creek. She tells the family story in a slow stream of memories. We begin the story with the death of the narrator's older brother in WWII. Annie weaves her childhood in with memories of family life as friends and relatives gather for the funeral. The book moves from the family's arrival at Gap Creek in the boom year [...]


    4. Troy was an athlete, an artist, and a soldier. He had kin, brothers and sisters, his death brings grief upon the family concerned in this story. One sister in particular, the narrator of this tale in first person narrative, the wonderful Annie, her voice, her world view, the world according to her, her keen perspective on the world as we know it is the stuff that makes this such a great tale, by the end you feel you know Annie, you’ve learned of her through her coming of age and family trials, [...]


    5. I remember reading "Gap Creek" several years ago. I would recommend for anyone that has not read this novel to not continue on with this review since there are details that are included which would spoil you on the preceding work. When I read "Gap Creek" several years ago and was instantly transported into Julie's world. I remember crying at certain points in the novel and hoping for Julie's sake that the rest of her life would not be filled with as much sorrow as it had been to that point. This [...]


    6. just finished reading The road from Gap Creek and Gap Creek, in that order. The descriptive writing in these books is supurb. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both and they gave me such insight as to what the lives of my grandparents and great grandparents must have been like. I know they ate their share of cornmeal mush and made their own jelly and bread and grew their own fruits and vegetables as did my grandparents and my father. I too have eaten my share of fried mush and it's something I still [...]


    7. I'm not sure why I kept pushing through this book, but I was able to finish it. There was nothing wrong with the writing. I think Robert Morgan is a wonderful writer, however, I hated the way this book was put together. It was so dis-jointed! It went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth- through the whole book. It was so hard to tell which time it was in and it wasn't chronological either. So, it is written with the main character Annie remembering the life of herself and her brother. [...]


    8. I read Morgan's earlier book, Gap Creek, during the summer. I read my way into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, into the lives of those living there in the early 20th century, especially Julie and Hank Richards. Written through the voice of Julie, this book lulled me into the everyday-ness of their lives, the good days and the very bad days. The book was lyrical, poetic at times and thoroughly engrossing.The Road from Gap Creek is new and an equally satisfying sequel. We [...]


    9. Full disclosure, Robert Morgan was my first creative writing professor and academic adviser in college. After the passage of many years, I met him at the Millbrook (NY) Literary festival. I had read Gap Creek and his collection of short stories, The Balm of Gilead Tree, and knew of his many other works that I hadn't read but should. I had long admired him for staking out and then exploring in minutest detail a specific literary and physical territory -- the Mountain South. The Road from Gap Cree [...]


    10. I loved Gap Creek, except for the ending. This one picks up where that one left off, a few years later, and continues with the story of Julie and Hank, as told through the eyes of their daughter, Annie. This is so good I know I will read it over again in a few years. It tells so many of the domestic routines of a family trying to survive. It reminds me of stories I heard from my mother and grandmother. This goes in my top ten books!


    11. This book was OK, but not great. The Richards family are poor, but honest, hardworking, good Christian people. They are emotionally undemonstrative and seem to have almost no inner lives or thoughts. Their lives are just one damn thing after another. This doesn't make for a compelling story. I just couldn't get interested in the narrator, Annie Richards, whose name we don't learn until well into the book, and although the central plot point in the book is the family tragedy of the death of favor [...]


    12. The best book I’ve read this year. Actually, the best book I’ve read in several years. While it is historical fiction about the Great Depression and WWII, it isn’t action and adventure and thrilling tales. It’s a quiet tale of ordinary people trying to make a living and survive in rural North Carolina. And it includes a wonderful dog story – “Old Pat” was a little like Lassie, Rin-Tin-Tin and Old Yeller rolled into one extremely smart German Shepherd.The book starts with an army of [...]


    13. Robert Morgan's "Road from Gap Creek" will please those who love his depictions of Appalachian people who survive the onslaught of changes foisted upon them by national and international events. Or who are forever changed because of forces beyond their control. The novel shares characters from the old "backwoods" Gap Creek community forced by circumstance to move closer to the amenities and employment they need for survival. It is still an Appalachian culture, but it is like all rural cultures, [...]


    14. This story is the sequel to Gap Creek, told by the viewpoint of Hank and Julie's daughter Annie. The story opens as they receive the news that the youngest son of the family, Troy, has been killed in action overseas. As the family deals with their loss, Annie reflects back over the years since her family left Gap Creek,, from the 1920's, throughout the Great Depression, and the early years of World War II, and how the events of history touched their lives in the Appalachian region of North Carol [...]


    15. It takes a strong, sensitive man to find the perfect amount of tenderness to write from what feels like the heart of a woman. Told from Annie's perspective and in her voice, we begin with the death of Troy, her loved brother, and from there we learn of his life, his family, his passion for art and athletic nature. The story plays out beautifully with history, the Great Depression and WW II, in the backdrop, ordinary lives in the center, and we see as the story unfolds the various ways the people [...]


    16. This book centered on an interesting concept, but the writing fell flat. The narrator, Annie, tells a simple, but moving story of life in the North Carolina mountains during World War II and the Great Depression. The reader follows Annie and her family and friends through decades of hard times and their struggles to maintain an existence. Annie starts the tale as a young girl living in a simple cabin but the story quickly ends when Annie is around 30. Annie returns many times to certain events a [...]


    17. I read Gap Creek years ago and fell in love with the setting, the characters, the plot. The entire novel was absolutely amazing and I was thrilled that Morgan decided to extend the characters into a second novel. Although not an entrancing as the first, it was still an absolute wonderful read with highly developed characters and a gripping plot. Morgan is a gifted storyteller who will grab hold of you and make you become part of the novel.


    18. This would have been more like 3 1/2 stars if allowed halfsgood story, not much action. Narrative kept flipping back between the present time and the death of Troy, the golden child, in WWII, and the memories of the past. Good story, just wanted a little more to happen.


    19. Morgan captures the region well - and I resonated with memories liked the canned peaches and coconut cake for dessert. The writing was good, but I wanted a bit more plot movement. The audio is read very well.


    20. I really liked this book because it felt like a walk back in time with a family member. I could just picture my aunt telling this story about her life - very familiar and comfortable. I especially liked the Old Pat scenes - what a dog!


    21. Excellent read!! Robert Morgan is my new favorite author. His character Annie, gives rich depth and life to the characters she is involved with. I read Gap Creek a few years ago and remember her mother’s storytelling and they are not much different from each other, other than Annie is a little bit more spirited. She watches and endures much suffering in her family and friends, but still has a sense of endurance and peace. She was an observer and gained wisdom from these observations. Although [...]


    22. Morgan takes his story ideas from his Granpa's life, living in Green River, North Carolina. At a time when the Blue Ridge Mountains of N. Carolina were quite isolated and nearly cut off from the mainstream of the rest of American life. Because of the lack of roads and schools, the people in this area were so very poor.This story continues with HanK & Julie from Gap Creek and is narrated by their youngest daughter, Annie. The ear is the 30's during the Depression and the War. I quite enjoyed [...]


    23. It had been so long since I read Gap Creek, I first listened to that one again before listening to the recorded book of The Road from Gap Creek. The first one I enjoyed all over again, both the outstanding reader and the story. So I was all set to enjoy the second one as well.But The Road from Gap Creek just didn't measure up to Gap Creek, neither the reader or the story. My rating hovers between a two and three, and since I have enjoyed several of Robert Morgan's books, I expected more. But I'm [...]


    24. Robert Morgan is a good writer and follows all good writing style rules. His greatest talent is using the actual voice, twang, and mountain-speak of his characters. Reading this book feels like looking through a window into 1920-1940's Appalachian mountain folk. However, just like the predaccesor, "Gap Creek", nothing happens in this novel. Nothing at all. It's a thorough glimpse into the lifestyle of the Mountains in the 1920's but that's it. I enjoyed this book but I certainly don't feel the n [...]


    25. My favorite book of all time is Gap Creek. This is a sequel to it and I did not find it or the characters as engaging. Possibly my expectations were too high.





    26. The Road From Gap Creek" picks up the story, told in the voice of Annie, the youngest of the Richards' four children. It opens in 1943 with the devastating news of the wartime death of one of Annie's two brothers, Troy. Soon, after the rest of the family learns of the tragedy, Annie takes the reader back to earlier times with her family.And it's here where this book glows and starts with Annie's experience of a present-day event, and then her telling becomes one long remembrance of her life up t [...]


    27. The Road from Gap Creek has everything that I really love in a book. I have a fascination with life in the Appalachians during the Depression and World War II years. Annie Richards, the younger of two sisters narrates the family history which is often a struggle for survival. The story memorializes the life of the younger of the two brothers. Troy was an airplane mechanic who died in a bomber crash in England during World War II. Robert Morgan, the author, skillfully uses Troy's death at both th [...]


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