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The Road from Gap Creek

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  772 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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, the ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by A Shannon Ravenel Book
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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
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. Including the years
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
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, t ...more
Mary Jo
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 ...more
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!
Kevin Egan
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 ...more
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 official coming
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
Vickie Brannon
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!
Debbie Maskus
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 ...more
When we left Hank and Julie at the end of Gap Creek (published in 2000), they were leaving Gap Creek and heading back up the mountain to begin anew. Having survived a very rough first year of marriage, they were full of hope and love and the future seemed bright. And, indeed, the future does seem to have been good to them. In this sequel, narrated by Annie, one of their daughters, some 25 years after the events in Gap Creek, Hank and Julie have created a family, are financially stable, and overa ...more
I wasn’t sure this book was going to stand up to Morgan’s previous novels, “Gap Creek” and “This Rock,” but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is told through the eyes of the daughter, Annie. Annie tells the history of the family from the time they moved from Gap Creek and the hard life they lived in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. I read “Gap Creek” many years ago didn’t remember a whole lot about the characters, but I did remember “This Rock” (my favorite) and was very happy to ...more
This would have been more like 3 1/2 stars if Goodreads allowed halfs........good 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.
One of America s most acclaimed writers journeys 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. When Robert Morgan began the saga of the Richards family in his novel Gap Creek, the book became an Oprah Book Club Selection, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers to its beguiling story of a marriage begun with love and hope but beset by chaos at the turn of the twentieth century. Now, in a masterful work of his ...more
Shari Larsen
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 ...more
Robert Morgan has written a wonderful sequel to Gap Creek. I read Gap Creek several years ago, so it wasn't fresh in my mind, but I think a reader could still have gotten the basic feelings of his characters and the life they lived. The main character, Annie Richards, who is also the narrator, is a down-to-earth young woman who has her own dreams but also accepts her life in the mountains of Appalachia. Theirs is a farming family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina who have also had to ...more
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, ...more
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
I have to say I did not enjoy this book as much as I did Gap Creek. If I could give the book 3 1/2 stars I would. It was better than a three. I usually enjoy books written in the first person and that was no exception with this book. However, it felt disjointed to me as it jumped back and forth in time and at times that confused me. I also felt that her dialect started out strong but did not carry through as strong through the end of the book. The other thin about this book that kind of annoyed ...more
Dan Gobble
A great follow up to "Gap Creek" by Robert Morgan. This story follows a family's life in rural Appalachia prior to and during World War II. Morgan reveals the struggles and joys of this tumultuous period of change, as WW II brought with it a shift from a mainly Agraian society to one more and more centered on town and city life along with its mills and manufacturing. WW II was often idealized as a "war to end all wars," which, of course, has never been realized. Morgan shows how a war on far awa ...more
I fell in love with this book, just as I did with Gap Creek! I was lucky enough to be the first one from our library in town to read this beautiful story! I read Gap Creek years ago, and re-read it to refresh before getting this book. Robert Morgan created a beautiful, strong, and resilient character in Julie and Hanks daughter Annie. Faced with many hardships,challenges, and lessons, this hardworking family holds a special place in my heart. I laughed and cried right along with their hopes and ...more
Oct 06, 2013 D.L. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
Recommended to D.L. by: netgalley
Road from Gap Creek is the followup novel to Gap Creek by the same author. I did not read the previous novel. Though I felt like I was missing some of the story, this novel is a stand-alone story.

This novel felt, to me, like a mesh of The Grapes of Wrath and Little House on the Prairie/On the Banks of Plum Creek. I'm not really sure why, perhaps it is the Depression Era timespace and the setting of a family farm on the banks of a river.

Another reviewer described this as a gentle read. I have t
Feb 23, 2014 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed this book although not as much as Gap Creek which I read years ago. There is no climax and no denouement, just a series of memories told by Annie as she recalls the hardships and joys faced during the Great Depression and WWII. Because the memories were not in chronological order, it was difficult for me to glean her age at the time of the memory. Was she 13 or 27? Only rarely did I find out and it was a mental stumbling block for me in an otherwise gentle, compelling novel.
Jan 03, 2014 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of gentle reads, country folks, Depression era reads
I almost gave up on the book during the first few chapters. I had a hard time getting into it, and it was a bit boring (in my opinion). As the book went on though, I started liking it more.

The Road from Gap Creek is what I would deem a "gentle" read: although tragic things do happen to the Richards family, it's mostly an account of their lives on their mountain farm. The church features a fair amount in the story, as does the family dog. The narrator is the Richard's daughter Annie, and is told
I received this book with great excitement from the Library Things Early Reviewers! Robert Morgan’s follow up to Gap Creek was like sitting down with your Mom or Grandmother and listening to everything they experienced during this rapidly changing and eventful time of US history. Having family in the hills of North Carolina I always find Mr. Morgan’s writing to be true and comforting. I enjoyed Gap Creek so many years ago and can still remember several of the stories He wove into that book. It w ...more
Artemisia Hunt
This sequel to Robert Morgan's Gap Creek was a pleasant revisiting of some of the same characters and places as the first book which had been a very memorable read for me when it first came out. Inspired by old family stories the author's mother told, both books comprise a more conversational, chronicle-style of historical fiction, depicting times (WWII and the Great Depression) and places (rural North Carolina) simpler and closer to the bone than today's fast paced, consumerist world. And there ...more
The Road from Gap Creek continues the journey of the Richards Family as they move from South Carolina to North Carolina. The story is told through the eyes of Annie, the daughter. The reader continues to learn about the way of life, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with all its hardships, leading up to and during World War II. While reading about Annie and her relationships with family members and neighbors, the reader becomes part of her extended family, caring about the characters and wanting to k ...more
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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.

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