It’s publication day for The Road from Gap Creek! Robert Morgan dives back into the multidimensional landscape of his 1999 national bestseller, Gap Creek. It is a place and story, a story of a family and an era, that speaks to us all, says acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash (The Cove, Serena):
There is no writer alive with as deep an understanding of Appalachia as Robert Morgan. Nevertheless, to label Morgan an “Appalachian” writer may be a disservice to his work, for such a label can be misconstrued as a limitation. Morgan is indeed a writer whose work is centered on a particular place, but his Appalachia is no more regional than James Joyce’s Dublin or William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. All three writers confirm Eudora Welty’s comment, “One place understood helps us understand all other places better.”
Morgan’s characters may speak differently that people from other regions, their history and folkways may be different, but ultimately, their concerns are the concerns of all humans, as we see once again in Morgan’s marvelous new novel, The Road from Gap Creek. Morgan’s characters are fully drawn, never caricatures, and their story is profound and deeply moving. Hope and hopelessness, love and hate, despair and wonder are fully realized in Annie Richard’s narration of her family’s life from the Depression Era through World War II. Once again, Robert Morgan’s true landscape is, as with all great writers, the peaks and valleys, the long and winding paths, of the human heart. What a writer, and what a novel!