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ISBN13: 9780618565870
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Awards

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

Staff Pick

Set in the brutal Oregon high country in the 1890s, The Jump-Off Creek tells the story of the widow Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in an unforgiving land. Gloss did her research, drawing on pioneer journals and hand-me-down stories, and she writes with a quiet restraint that respects the characters and their vast surroundings. Anyone interested in what life was actually like for Oregon's pioneers will love this book. It's the real deal.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

William Kittredge called The Jump-Off Creek "a truly beautiful piece of American storytelling." The struggles of a widowed homesteader braving the austere and unsparing Blue Mountains contain "enough valor to make an ordinary life seem heroic" (Los Angeles Times). Told with Molly Gloss's unsentimental reserve, this novel is an inspiring reminder of a rich and uniquely American past.

Review:

"Every gritty line of the story rings true." Seattle Times

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"As authentic as sand in one's shoes." Edward Hoagland

Review:

"Sometimes it seems that literature is an excellent medium for measuring intimacy; sometimes the white space and the black letters seem to gleefully record thedistances between us. The Jump-Off Creek, written by Molly Gloss in 1989 andreissued by Mariner, is about a woman, Lydia Sanderson, who homesteads alone in Washington state. The book is a prism of loneliness in the form of a novel." Susan Salter Reynolds

Review:

"A powerful novel of struggle and loss." Dallas Morning News

Synopsis:

A reading group favorite, The Jump-Off Creek is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. “Every gritty line of the story rings true” (Seattle Times) as Molly Gloss delivers an authentic and moving portrait of the American West. “A powerful novel of struggle and loss” (Dallas Morning News), The Jump-Off Creek gives readers an intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and a courageous woman determined to survive.

About the Author

Molly Gloss is the author of The Dazzle of the Day, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Jump-Off Creek, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She teaches writing and literature of the American West at Portland State University and lives in Portland, Oregon. Wild Life, her third novel, is the winner of the James Tiptree Award for literary fantasy.

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BW973, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by BW973)
This was remarkably well-written. Fabulous actually. Most westerns are hokey in nature but this was REAL cowboy truth. How it really was.
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Felicity, May 25, 2009 (view all comments by Felicity)
This novel creates a vivid, wholly convincing sense of its characters' isolation. The prose is honed and beautiful, the story taut with the genuine tensions of survival and human need.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618565870
Author:
Gloss, Molly
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women pioneers
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.22x5.58x.49 in. .48 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618565870 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in the brutal Oregon high country in the 1890s, The Jump-Off Creek tells the story of the widow Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in an unforgiving land. Gloss did her research, drawing on pioneer journals and hand-me-down stories, and she writes with a quiet restraint that respects the characters and their vast surroundings. Anyone interested in what life was actually like for Oregon's pioneers will love this book. It's the real deal.

"Review" by , "Every gritty line of the story rings true."
"Review" by , "As authentic as sand in one's shoes."
"Review" by , "Sometimes it seems that literature is an excellent medium for measuring intimacy; sometimes the white space and the black letters seem to gleefully record thedistances between us. The Jump-Off Creek, written by Molly Gloss in 1989 andreissued by Mariner, is about a woman, Lydia Sanderson, who homesteads alone in Washington state. The book is a prism of loneliness in the form of a novel."
"Review" by , "A powerful novel of struggle and loss."
"Synopsis" by ,
A reading group favorite, The Jump-Off Creek is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. “Every gritty line of the story rings true” (Seattle Times) as Molly Gloss delivers an authentic and moving portrait of the American West. “A powerful novel of struggle and loss” (Dallas Morning News), The Jump-Off Creek gives readers an intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and a courageous woman determined to survive.
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