Drawn by the freedom the West offers, Lydia Sanderson leaves a disappointing marriage in Pennsylvania and comes to Jump-Off Creek to homestead a place of her own. The author's intimate understanding of the harsh physical conditions and of the rituals and practices of frontier life there are long descriptions of how to brand cattle and how to mend a roof sometimes overshadows a deeper delineation of character. A rare treat to find characters we can care about this much. What are some of the hardships endured by Lydia and the others that require both tenderness and an absence of pity? She teaches writing and literature of the American West at Portland State University and lives in Portland, Oregon. Told with Molly Gloss's unsentimental reserve, this novel is an inspiring reminder of a rich and uniquely American past. How does The Jump-Off Creek change what you thought you knew about the West, mens and womens roles on the frontier, and homesteading at the turn of the century? Again, breaking trail in the snow as no one had been there since the big snow fall a week earlier. She especially draws attention to the women of Louis LAmours novels, women who are always as tough as the men, sometimes tougher, and quick to pick up a rifle and defend the place.
Drawn by the freedom the West offers, Lydia Sanderson leaves a disappointing marriage in Pennsylvania and comes to Jump-Off Creek to homestead a place of her own. It dropped down to 19 Degrees F overnight and our boots had frozen over. And a trio of rootless cowboys take up squatters rights in the mountains, and begins killing and baiting cattle to poison wolves for the bounty. The other danger is that because we were walking over a creek, there were some parts that were covered with what appeared to be compact snow. Happy to have reached our goal, with ample time to get back to the car during daylight hours. Lydia Sanderson carves a self-reliant life out of an unforgiving wilderness, arriving at Jump-Off Creek with two mules, two goats, and only those possessions that the mules can carry. Molly Gloss describes in vivid detail Lydia crossing the long, golden ridges slowly in a bright wind; the seemingly incessant rain, mud-making in summer, freezing in fall and winter; the movements of mule and steer; roughened, work-creased hands and hearts; feelings revealed through tucked-in chins, awkward conversations, thin smiles, or the offer of a simple mug of coffee; washed-out trails; a cowboys skills as a cook; the endless backbreaking work.
Tagged , , , , , , , , Post navigation Hi, my name is Christian and thank you for visiting my blog. While Lydia toils into the summer, building fence, digging ditches, repairing her sorry little homestead cabin, Tim and Blue engage in a deadly spoilers game with the wolvers. Three wolfers, squatting on abandoned property near Jump-Off Creek and walking the thin edge of the law in order to earn a marginal living, provide much of the tension within the novel. Molly Gloss gives us a new vision of homesteading and of a singular woman determined to go it alone on the Jump-Off Creek. Lydia's neighbors are few and far but bound together by a common struggle to survive. Molly Gloss is a native Oregonian who grew up listening to tales of her familys westering womenthe German bride who crossed the country in a covered wagon; the woman whose husband abandoned her and six children on the Walla Walla plains; the grandmother who gave birth to the first white child born in Irion County, Texas; the Molly for whom she was named, a Texas farmwife whose last born of twelve children were named Y and Z.
Gloss did her research, drawing on pioneer journals and hand-me-down stories, and she writes with a quiet restraint that respects the characters and their vast surroundings. The E-mail message field is required. In her first journal entry at Jump-Off Creek, Lydia writes, I have not lost Heart, having done so in years past and no false hopes this time. We learn of Lydia, as she is stitching up Blues back: She was tender, but pitiless, having never gained pity and so never learning it. To our left, was Galena Peak, the tallest peak of the Yucaipa Mountain Range, basking the sunlight, covered by snow on the Northeast side. Grateful to be warm and dry again. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the.
From Publishers Weekly: Set in the high mountain country of Oregon during the 1890s, this first novel is a quiet, unsparing portrait of pioneer life, recounted simply and without romanticism. Fill out the form below and we will contact you within 1 business day. Why does this incident fill Lydia with such satisfaction? Their life is one of terse converse, kindness, and quick response to one another's needs. In alternating entries from Lydias journal and narrative chapters of shifting perspective those of Lydia herself, cowboy-cook Tim Whiteaker, part-Indian Blue Odell, wolfers Danny Turnbow and Harley Osgood Molly Gloss chronicles Lydias first nine months on her dearly purchased high-mountain homestead and her tree-felling, calf-brand-ing, bear-tracking, fence-building relationships with the laconic Whiteaker, his partner Blue, and the other widely dispersed denizens of the hardscrabble mountains. A rare treat of a first novel.
Her third novel, The Dazzle of Day, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1997. Description: 186 pages ; 21 cm Other Titles: Jump-off creek : Responsibility: Molly Gloss. The hiking pants that I had been using were frozen at the bottom due to snow being stuck on them. How does Lydia prepare for the onset of winter? We began to boil snow in order to make water for our breakfast. A reading group favorite, The Jump-Off Creek is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s.
What has driven Lydia Sanderson to homestead on her own in the remote, sparsely populated Blue Mountains of Oregon? Why does Lydia experience this grief, which she finds inexplicable? Their life is one of terse converse, kindness, and quick response to one another's needs. Availability based on publisher status and quantity being ordered. But the truth is that it can be found almost anywhere. Drawing on pioneer diaries, journals and hand-me-down stories of her own ancestors, Gloss displays a deep awareness not only of the brutal hardships of frontier life, but also of the moral codes and emotional attachments of the people who settled there. From April through December, from Lydia Sandersons first meeting shes lost with taciturn Tim Whiteaker to their agreement to put up hay come spring, The Jump-Off Creek dispels all of our stereotypes of the West and the frontier.
What other activities provide Lydia with a sense of satisfaction, reward, or pleasure? In what ways does this habit serve her well, or not? That Wilderness Feel, as I like to call it. Tired legs from spending the last 22 hours on nothing but snow. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review Set in the high mountain country of Oregon during the 1890s, this first novel is a quiet, unsparing portrait of pioneer life, recounted simply and without romanticism. How does each womanLydia, Evelyn Walker, Doris Oberfieldcope with the challenges of living as a woman, single or married, on the frontier? But more than anything, being mentally prepared to be cold and in the snow is the most important thing. However, most of the scenes are handled with a restraint that communicates the characters' endemic loneliness, and the dialogue, though spare, is rich enough to convey their emotional conflicts. What is the significance of the name Jump-Off Creek for Lydia and the earlier pioneer women with whom she feels kinship? We pride ourselves on delivering quality experiences, but we recognize that value is a factor when making a purchase.