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Gap Creek

The Story of a Marriage

Hardback, 326 pages  (also available in CD-Audio )
ISBN: 9781565122963 (1565122968)
Published by Algonquin Books
$22.95(US)
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A New York Times Bestseller & Oprah's Book Club Pick

Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage.

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about Robert Morgan

A native of the North Carolina mountains, Robert Morgan was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors. A poet and biographer as well as a novelist, he is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is a Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University. His website is www.robert-morgan.com.


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