Though she is just a teenager, she marries Hank and moves with him down from the high country to Gap Creek. There they discover that life grinds ever on without pause or concern for hard work. Scratching out an existence for themselves, always at risk of losing it all, Julie and Hank don't know what to fear the most - floods, or the flesh-and-blood grifters who insinuate themselves into their new lives. Their struggles with nature, with work, and with the disappointments and triumphs of marriage make this a powerful story.
Original Material ©1999 Robert Morgan; Published by Arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; (P) & ©2000 HighBridge Company
Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Fiction, Abridged
An Oprah Book Club selection
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"Life today is so easy..."
I didn't just hear this book, I felt the exsperiences of these people. Life then, compared to life today makes me thankful and very respectful of our forfathers even more.
Get this book and have a few hours of sheer wonder, pleasure and pain.
Julie Harmon is a strong protagonist. Her story is not one you read or listen to, you live it with her. You experience her pain, grief, determination and dispare.
It's been a long time since a story moved me as this one did. I would love to see it adapted into a screenplay.
When I first I read it, I couldn't take it. I kept putting the book down... Julie, the protagonist, suffers a lot. I felt her pain, her frustrations, her fears, her struggle as a mother, wife, daughter... Sometimes it was too painful to swallow! But remarkaby, here lies the beauty of the book. It was never pretentious of the pain and the suffering. It never tried to hide the struggle either. The author described the life of Julie as it should be and not what we wanted it to be! What I found brilliant also was that it was narrrated through Julie's point of view and therefore, the impact of the story was far greater than anyone could imagine! There is raw yet simple beauty to this book... I highly recommend it!:)
I absolutely love this book. It is so engaging and when I was reading it I felt pulled in. Most of it was very sad but also very empowering how she kept pushing forward. I strongly wish they would make a film for this.
Ninety percent of the book: I said, he said, she said, Hank said, Ma said.... Narration was fine, but the writing was weak.
"Story line wasn't bad, delivery could've been better..."
The Appalachian accent of the narrator was a bit too drawn out, and at times, sounded choppy as if she was reading like a 6 year old. I've never heard people sound that way when they are talking. And, I'm certain the author did it on purpose, but never using a verb other than "said" for conversation was tiring. Story line was good, though.
"For the whole family....The perfect narrator.
Jill Hill should have narrated "The road from Gap Creek". I won't be
purchasing the audio...Have to buy the book so I can imagine her voice.
Heart wrenching, sweet, and makes u smile over the main characters strength strengths and endurance.
I did not mean to buy the abridged version of this. That was kind of disappointing. I thought the narrator did a good job. Overall it was a nice listen.
"WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL"
Truly beautiful story!
The caracters, the adventure, the setting,
He brought the story to life, I could invision every word he spoke as he told Robert Morgan's story.
Yes it touched every emotion, a truly great book.
I listened to the whole book, and was left very disappointed in it. It was so depressing, depressing, depressing! I so wanted it to have something good to happen to Julie, but it never happened.
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