Published August 27th 2013 by Shannon Ravenel Books
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 historical fiction, he introduces a new generation of this close-knit family in a captivating story that looks ahead to the uncertainties of the future, the struggle to define oneself, and the discovery of enduring love.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 to agree. We learn about the Richards family through the eyes of Annie, from childhood through adulthood, though not particularly in that order. We first learn the fate of Troy, who volunteered to serve his country in the army, then Annie goes backwards in time, from when the family left Gap Creek and pulls us forward. It’s definitely a story that the reader has to allow to be told. Can’t force it out or gloss over details– they’re all pertinent to a story when the story is about life and hard times.
There was quite a bit of jumping around, a few stories where I thought, I have no idea what this has to do with anything, but overall it was a calm and enjoyable read. I enjoy historical fiction and this novel was a surprising pleasure to read. I might pick up Gap Creek now.