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.
Gap Creek Oprah's Book Club: A Novel #ad - 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.
The Road from Gap Creek: A Novel Shannon RavenelA Shannon Ravenel Book #ad - 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. 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.
The Truest Pleasure: A NovelAlgonquin Books #ad - Ginny and tom have a lot in common—a love of the land, and fathers who fought in the Civil War. Morgan deeply understands these people and their world, and he writes about them with an authority usually associated with the great novelists of the last century . . . What keeps getting in the way of it, though, are their obsessions.
Pulses with poetry. The washington Post Book World. Truth be known—and they both know it—their marriage is mutually beneficial in purely practical terms. Named a publishers weekly best book of the year, this novel by a winner of the Thomas Wolfe Prize is filled with “marvelously vivid imagery” and insight into the timeless truths of love and marriage The New York Times Book Review.
The Truest Pleasure: A Novel #ad - Tom’s father died, but ginny’s father came back to western North Carolina to hold on to the farm and turn a profit. Tom is a workaholic who hoards time and money. It’s not until tom lies unconscious at the mercy of a disease for which the mountain doctor has no cure that Ginny’s truest pleasure comes into focus.
Ginny’s was a childhood of relative security, Tom’s one of landlessness. The book is astonishing. The boston book review “Simple, eloquent language . .
Chasing the North Star: A NovelAlgonquin Books #ad - In his latest historical novel, who, on his eighteenth birthday, in 1850, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity.
He takes with him only a few stolen coins, and the clothes on his back--no shoes, no clear idea of where to head, except north, a knife, no map, following a star that he prays will be his guide. Bristling with breathtaking adventure, chasing the North Star is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world.
Chasing the North Star: A Novel #ad - There is one person, however, once on his trail, who, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit. And it is robert Morgan at his considerable best. Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head.
In jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him.
This RockAlgonquin Books #ad - From the author of gap creek-an international best-seller and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award-comes the gripping story of two brothers struggling against each other and the confines of their mountain world in 1920s Appalachia. When muir, decides that his purpose in life is to clear a space on a hill and build a stone church with his own hands, in a drunken vision, men die, the consequences of his plan are far-reaching and irrevocable: a community threatens to tear itself apart, and his family is forever changed.
All that's left in the aftermath are the ghosts and the memories of a new man. Through it all, her youth, all the while remembering her own losses: her husband whose touch still haunts her, tries to steer her boys right, their mother, Ginny, and the fiery sense of God that once ordered her world. Muir is an innocent, a shy young man with big dreams.
This Rock #ad - Moody, by years of fighting his mother, the older and wilder brother-embittered by the death of his father, and by his jealousy of Muir's place in the family-takes to moonshine and gambling and turns his anger on his brother. Muir escapes by wandering, making his way around the country in attempts to find something-an occupation, a calling-to match his ambition.
The powell brothers-Muir and Moody-are as different as Cain and Abel.
Crapalachia: A Biography of PlaceTwo Dollar Radio #ad - Even more, there is a grasp to bridge the disconnect between reader and writer, for McClanahan’s stories to bind us closer to one another. Crapalachia is the genuine article: intelligent, atmospheric, raucously funny and utterly wrenching. This is his symphony, every note designed to resonate, to linger.
New york times book reviewcrapalachia is a portrait of scott mcClanahan’s formative years, coming of age in rural West Virginia, during a stretch of time where he was deeply influenced by his Grandma Ruby and Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.
Crapalachia: A Biography of Place #ad - Beyond the artistry, there is an optimism, a genuine love for people and the past and memories. He is not a writer of half-measures. Mcclanahan joins daniel Woodrell and Tom Franklin as a master chronicler of backwoods rural America. The washington Post. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails.
Mcclanahan aims to lasso the moon.
Jewel Oprah's Book ClubWashington Square Press #ad - In the backwoods of mississippi, Jewel and her husband, a land of honeysuckle and grapevine, Leston, are truly blessed; they have five fine children. In this story of a woman's devotion to the child who is both her burden and God's singular way of smiling on her, Bret Lott has created a mother-daughter relationship of matchless intensity and beauty, and one of the finest, most indomitable heroines in contemporary American fiction.
Jewel Oprah's Book Club #ad - Jewel is the story of how quickly a life can change; how, like lightning, an unforeseen event can set us on a course without reason or compass. When brenda kay is born in 1943, Jewel gives thanks for a healthy baby, last-born and most welcome.
The Hinterlands: A Mountain Tale in Three PartsAlgonquin Books #ad - The Hinterlands: A Mountain Tale in Three Parts #ad - Morgan's three gifted storytellers tell it like it was--with a vengeance. This is the story of a family who found, marked, and paved their way into America's eastern frontier. Unfolding in the voices of three generations of mountaineer storytellers specializing in keeping listeners on the edges of their seats, this is fiction that plunks us down right into the thick of pioneer life.
. Using his own family stories as his inspiration, Robert Morgan has crafted a riveting folk history alive with adventure.
My Old True LoveAlgonquin Books #ad - As he grows up, of course, he hungrily learns every song he can, and goes head-to-head with his cousin Hackley for the best voice, and, the best attentions of the women. And when hackley leaves his wife under his cousin's care in the midst of the Civil War, Larkin finds himself drawn back to the woman who's held his heart for years.
Sheila kay adams brings us a novel inspired by the ballads of the English, Scottish, and Irish. These long, violence and love, sad stories of heartbreak and betrayal, have been sung for generations by the descendents of those who settled the Appalachian mountains in the 1700s. But, just as in the most tragic ballads, there is no stowing away of emotions.
My Old True Love #ad - What he does about that love defies all his learning of family and loyalty and reminds us that those mournful ballads didn't just come from the imagination, but from the imperfections of the heart. So it was with the stanton family living in Marshall, North Carolina, during the 1800s. It's not long before the two boys find themselves pursuing the affections of the same lovely girl, Mary, who eventually chooses Hackley for her husband.
Even larkin stanton, just a baby when his parents die and he's taken in by his cousin Arty, starts humming before he starts talking. As they raised their children, they taught them first to sing, for the songs told the children everything they needed to know about life.
Back RoadsBerkley #ad - Soon harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there are still more crushing surprises in store. In harley, o’dell has created a hero who’s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor.
Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up everything is. Harley’s mother is in prison for killing his father, so he’s in charge of bringing up his younger sisters and working two jobs to pay the bills—and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for distractions. As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control.
Back Roads #ad - Now a major motion picturefunny and heartbreaking, this new York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty. Harley altmyer should be in college having the time of his life. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.
St. But lately, he’s getting more and more sidetracked by lusting after Callie Mercer, his middle-aged neighbor. Petersburg Times.
Boone: A Biography Shannon Ravenel Books PaperbackAlgonquin Books #ad - Bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan reveals the complex character of a frontiersman whose heroic life was far stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround him. Extensive endnotes, cultural and historical background material, and maps and illustrations underscore the scope of this distinguished and immensely entertaining work.
Boone: A Biography Shannon Ravenel Books Paperback #ad - The story of daniel boone is the story of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. This rich, authoritative biography offers a wholly new perspective on a man who has been an American icon for more than two hundred years—a hero as important to American history as his more political contemporaries George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.