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 man's 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 ?at their finest . . . burn with the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank Williams's best songs? (The New York Times Book Review).?Homespun pleasure.? ?Nelson Taylor, Providence Journal?Hell-bent and excellent . . . I can?t shake the first scene. . . . resonant . . . moving.? ?Katherine Whittemore, The New York Times Book Review?Morgan's prose is sharp and saturated with details . . . imbued] . . . with a sort of lyrical sheen . . . both moving and spiritual.? ?Michael Paulson, BookpageRobert 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.
Robert Morgan grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and currently lives in an old farmhouse outside Ithaca, New York. He is the author of eleven books of poems, including Topsoil Road, and is the recipient of nemerous awards. He has also published eight novels, among them Gap Creek.