The Jump-off Creek

Gloss, Molly

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Jump-off Creek
Lydia Sanderson writes about her life on Jump Off Creek in the higher mountain country of Oregon in 1895. She tells of friendship, loss, daily struggles, and achievements.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998, c1989
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618565870
Branch Call Number: FICTION GLOSS 1998
Characteristics: 186, [8] p. ;,21 cm


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At the height of the Depression of 1895 Lydia Sanderson, freed by the death of her husband, travels to Oregon where she homesteads on a mountain, living in a wretched hovel on land not fit to grow even a vegetable garden. Her companions are two mules, two goats, and hard work.

This novel tells the the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s.

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. "Every gritty line of the story rings true" (Seattle Times) as Molly Gloss delivers an authentic and moving... Read More »

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Feb 07, 2015
  • miaone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If there were 10 stars possible for Molly Gloss's wonderful novel, I'd give them. I'm rereading it for perhaps the 3rd time, and it continues to dumbfound me at the beauty of the language. And somehow when she describes a new character, the reader feels an acquaintance has already been established. I find myself thinking something like, "Oh, yes, he's like that mean guy who lived down the street when I was a child," or "Oh, right, she's like Joyce who lived next door and who was so patient with her kids, and with me, a moody pre-teen." Her characters are heroic in dealing daily with enormous hardships, but they do so in a quiet, matter-of-fact way that is so different from the nonsense offered in today's media. Also, Gloss's characters are not cookie-cutter Bad or Good, but rather are some of each, as is true for all us humans.

Oct 26, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really like this author's talent at putting herself into the voices of her characters and making them unique in the process. She has a great gift for the ways of talking and seeing in generations past. Just a wonderful, well-written book. The other book of hers which I've read is "Hearts of Horses" which is on my all-time great books list :)


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