The Jump-Off Creek (Paperback)

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PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. William Kittredge called The Jump-Off Creek "a truly beautiful piece of American storytelling." The struggles of a widowed homesteader braving the austere and unsparing Blue Mountains contain "enough valor to make an ordinary life seem heroic" (Los Angeles Times). Told with Molly Gloss's unsentimental reserve, this novel is an inspiring reminder of a rich and uniquely American past. (A Mariner Reissue)

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"Sometimes it seems that literature is an excellent medium for measuring intimacy; sometimes the white space and the black letters seem to gleefully record thedistances between us. "The Jump-Off Creek," written by Molly Gloss in 1989 andreissued by Mariner, is about a woman, Lydia Sanderson, who homesteads alone inWashington state. The book is a prism of loneliness in the form of a novel." -- reviewed by SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS The Los Angeles Times

"As authentic as sand in one's shoes." - Edward Hoagland

"A rare treat to find characters we can care about this much." The Philadelphia Inquirer



Product Details
ISBN: 9780395925010
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 1999
Pages: 192