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This is an auction for GAP CREEK: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE, by Robert Morgan.

"Morgan, the poet laureate of Appalachia, writes with a gritty, elemental candour about a South Carolina couples tumultuous first year of marriage. Julie, the narrator of this turn-of-the-century tale, begins with the story of the death of her brother, followed by the death of her father, all before she has turned 17. Hank passes by her house one day and, with an abrupt simplicity, proposes matrimony. The two marry and set off for remote Gap Creek, South Carolina, where they make an arrangement with a Mr Pendergast for living quarters. A crotchety malcontent, Pendergast agrees to put up the pair in exchange for housekeeping and laundry. So, Hank goes off in search of work, and Julie - resourceful, indifferently brave, and admirably industrious - tends to the difficult Pendergast. In a fire, the landlord is injured, and on his deathbed he begins describing hell to an unruffled Julie. Morgan offers vivid descriptions of killing and butchering a hog, later of plucking and skinning a turkey (Julie does both), as well as of Pendergast's final death and the flood that overtakes the couple's small homestead. Calamity follows calamity: Julie is cheated of her small amount of money, there are threatening sleet and ice storms, and the possible return of Pendergasts heirs is a pervading dread. Morgan offers a story of sufferings and hope that is simple and ragged, but never seems alien. This couple's relentless misfortunes are given no more drama than they need, and all the compassion they deserve."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Large format (trade) paperback 2000.

326 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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