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Gap Creek (Oprah's Book Club) by Robert Morgan
Gap Creek (Oprah's Book Club)

azalea, October 22, 2006

It is a textbook on agricultural work before industrialization (in this case, the year 1900!) wrapped up in a sentimental story that is good if you like that sort of thing, but watch out for the author manipulating your heart strings. Most annoying, the narrator is a 17 year old girl who's never been out of her mountains and, therefore, has a narrow range of experience yet uses metaphors involving things she could never have known. "The grass looked like velvet..." and where would she have seen velvet, let alone touched it? (She buys her clothes from the Sears catalog, that is, whenever she does buy clothes because they are Poor.) And her moral reflections sound a lot like recent fads in self-helf - she comes close to accusing her mother-in-law of being co-dependent.

And be warned, if you do read it do so near a source of coffee. I won't tell you why.
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