Robert Morgan's novel, GAP CREEK, is a masterpiece in poetic prose. His words splash across pages of dialogue and paint his characters in living color. He introduces Julie Harmon immediately through her voice, the dialect of an Appalachian girl at the end of the nineteenth century. Her speech is uneducated, but her words compel readers to listen and learn from her.
Julie reveals her background history in ordinary terms --- talk of life in North Carolina's mountains with little money and few amenities. She speaks with calm detachment of her little brother's suffering and death. Through Julie's actions, Morgan reveals deep and personal insight into the sturdy families that lived on