This Rock: A Novel

This Rock: A Novel

by Robert Morgan
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This Rock: A Novel by Robert Morgan

Jessica Ronky Haddad Style Weekly Transports readers directly to the wild and forgotten mountains of North Carolina and to the secret, hopeful places in a young man¹s heart. From the author of Gap Creek the international bestseller and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for fiction comes the gripping story of two brothers struggling against each other and the confines of their 1920s Appalachian Mountain world. Muir and Moody Powell are as different as Jacob and Esau. Muir is an innocent, shy young man with big dreams and not the slightest idea of what to do about them. Moody, the older, wilder brother, takes to moonshine and gambling and turns his anger on his brother. Through it all, their mother, Ginny, tries to steer them right, while dealing with her own losses: her husband, her youth, and the fiery sense of God that had once ordered her world. When Muir discovers his purpose in life, the consequences are far-reaching and irrevocable: a community threatens to tear itself apart and his family is forever changed. This Rock is the most ambitious and accomplished novel yet from an author whose sentences ³at their finest . . . burn with the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank Williams¹s best songs² (The New York Times Book Review). ³Homespun pleasure.² Nelson Taylor, Providence Journal ³Hell-bent and excellent . . . I can¹t shake the first scene. . . . resonant . . . moving.² Katherine Whittemore, The New York Times Book Review ³Morgan¹s prose is sharp and saturated with details . . . [imbued] . . . with a sort of lyrical sheen . . . both moving and spiritual.² Michael Paulson, Bookpage Robert Morgan, the author of the award-winning novel Gap Creek, is a native of the North Carolina mountains, where he was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743225793
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: First Scribner Paperback Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Robert Morgan, author of the award-winning novel Gap Creek, is a native of the North Carolina mountains, where he was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors.

Founder and Principal of The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, Rosemary Alexander writes and lectures worldwide on garden design. She has worked on a wide range of gardens throughout the world. For eleven years she was tenant of the National Trust property, Stoneacre, in Kent, where she created a romantic, old world garden. She now lives in Hampshire where she has made a new garden.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit to stumbling upon this little gem as a book on CD from the bargain rack. I was facing a long business trip by car and thought it looked at least interesting. It is a little more religiously driven than expectd, and in the beginning it seemed pretty predictable, and some of it is. However I found it to be an interesting twist on a Cain and Able relationship of 2 brothers -as dissimilar as their Biblical models, who work at odds with each other as the younger brother tries to build a new mountaintop church, at the bidding of God, and the elder works to destroy any good in his life with fast living. But the lines of Good and Bad are not so clear cut as you might imagine. And while the end may be a bit predictable, the route to it is as full of twists and turns as the road to the hilltop where the stone church is to built. I think a religious Book Club would especially love this! The book was read by Rosemary Alexander and Robert Clotworthy, both of excellent interpretive skills.
Razcall More than 1 year ago
This book is actually good until the last page.......(Either that or I got a book with the last few chapters missing.) Reading 'This Rock' is like watching a Saturday Night Live Sketch. It's good but the writers have no idea how to end it, so they just stop! There is no end to this story. It just stops! I honestly thought I had a misprinted book missing several pages! While reading it, I kept thinking, 'Wow, what a good book.' Then I read the last page and thought, 'Wow, I couldn't recommend this to anyone.' Who wants to read 360 pages and find there's no end to the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book you want to continue reading, but not too fast, as you don't want it to end. These characters are so real you feel like you know them. Must read GAP Creek first and then the Truest Pleasure. This is a continuation of Truest Pleasure. Both are highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly executed. As good as his last. Should be another Oprah title. Wonderful reading. Can't wait for his next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first book that I read by Robert Morgan was Gap Creek. When I saw This Rock I snapped it up, partly because I so enjoyed Gap Creek. I wan't disappointed. Two brothers struggle to survive a hard and demanding life. One, the youngest, Muir, is a builder. Muir seems bound to serve the word and his God by preaching. The other, Moody seems bent on self destruction. Moody is happiest when running moonshine and making a quick buck. Moody suffers from some deep hurt we are never told about. Hank and Julia make an appearance from Gap Creek and it is refreshing to see that they are making headway. Ginny, Muir and Moody's mother is a strong character. She struggles to raise two boys and a daughter on her own after the death of her husband. Enough of that. Suffice it to say that if you're looking for a techno thriller or a cheesy romance novel you won't like this book. If you want to be move emotionally and intellectually then you need to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is a great story teller and a sharer of human nature. A pleasure to read
JuicyJS More than 1 year ago
Loved the ending; the first couple of discs were draggy
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest books i've ever read this year, or EVEN ever! it actually takes you around the world where you meet the brothers who must survive upon everything they face. this book night make you cry, but for sure it would make you to re-thik of your siblings as well as your mother!