The Jump-Off Creek

The Jump-Off Creek

by Molly Gloss


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ISBN-13: 9780618565870
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/03/2005
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 336,554
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

MOLLY GLOSS is the best-selling author The Hearts of Horses, The Jump-Off Creek, winner of both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award,  The Dazzle of Day, winner of  the PEN Center West Fiction Prize, and Wild Life, winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award. 

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The Jump-off Creek 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it kept me holding on till the last second. I would highly recommend this book to anybody because it is one of the best books I have ever read. If you are wanting a good book that isnt that long I would tell you to get this book.
Home-on-the-Range More than 1 year ago
The best part of Molly Gloss's writing is her realistic presentation of the times she writes about. In The Jump-Off Creek I feel like I am there with these folks trying to settle the west. I also enjoy how Gloss shares her concepts of how people met one another and dealt with adversity. Her characters are so believable. I have some "real" cowboy/rancher friends and her characters remind me of them. The spirit of the west still lives and Gloss seems to carry that throughout her stories.
TimBazzett on LibraryThing 27 days ago
It's all "between the lines," in the silences - I probably shouldn't be reading Molly Gloss. I'm a guy, after all. But maybe, at 64, some of the nastiness of being a guy has finally worn off. Because I love the way this woman writes. The Hearts of Horses hooked me, Wild Life wowed me, and now, this earlier absolute gem of a novel just blew me away. How does she do this thing where the essence of the story lies in what is not said? Lydia Sanderson, Tim Whiteaker, Blue Odell. None of them say very much of any real significance. All are stoic and uncomplaining of the "narrow circumstances" life has dealt them. In fact they are nearly inarticulate; yet all these feelings - of yearning and loneliness, of sorrow and regret, they are all somehow laid bare in the pauses. The descriptions, the gestures, the sidelong glances, the facial expressions - all become muted dialogue. Even the one character who seems unabashedly bad, the angry bigoted boy that is Harley Osgood, has an element of humanity in him that doesn't quite let you hate him. There are no simple black-and-white characters in Gloss's fiction. There are, instead, infinite shades of gray, and an attention to descriptive detail that makes you understand implicitly much of what is left unsaid. The years-long friendship between the two cowboys Whiteaker and Odell is perhaps one of the best portrayals of love between men that fiction has to offer. And I'm not talking about any "Brokeback Mountain" kinda stuff here either. These are just two men who have stuck together through thick and thin, mostly the latter, and a bond has formed that is stronger than most marriages. Enough said. This is simply a superb story. There oughta be a ten-star rating for books of this caliber. And by the way, what a wonderful film for thinking adults this could be. Thanks again, Molly. I'll be watching for the next book, so please, Write on!
mlanzotti on LibraryThing 27 days ago
A thoughtful and subtle story of a woman homesteading in Oregon in the 1890's. I loved the author's later book, Hearts of Horses and this early novel is in the author's style, low key and unsentimental. Dramatic events happen and a lot of hardship and suffering but because of the style of writing these are endured without drama by the characters. A look at the real west-gritty and difficult.
bookheaven on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Short book that gives a glimpse into the hard life of the frontier homesteader. I would have liked to get more involved with the characters. They are very close-mouthed and don't speak their minds. It was still a worthwhile read, though.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Well written. Would love sequels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a rare gem marrying story, character and exquisitie prose with such skill I wanted to savor it slowly. Its careful observances and utter lack of sentimentality give it universal appeal and timelessness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago