Books by Robert Morgan

CHASING THE NORTH STAR by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"A powerful, gripping, and unrelenting tale of wilderness survival under the most dire of circumstances in the pursuit of freedom: another outstanding work of historical fiction from Morgan."
In this road novel set in the 19th century, a young black slave escapes a plantation to seek freedom in the North. Read full book review >
THE ROAD FROM GAP CREEK by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A moving, lyrical saga from a time so distant, yet so near."
Morgan (Brave Enemies, 2003, etc.) returns to western North Carolina and the Richards family saga. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A vivid, well-conceived look at western expansion in the old narrative-driven school of Bernard DeVoto and Wallace Stegner."
Novelist, poet and historian Morgan (Boone: A Biography, 2007, etc.) moves in the territory between hagiography and calumny in this look at the men who made Manifest Destiny manifest. Read full book review >
BOONE by Robert Morgan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"A welcome re-evaluation of an American legend."
Daniel Boone didn't wear a coonskin cap. He liked to read. He wasn't particularly murderous. So much for American myths. Read full book review >
BRAVE ENEMIES by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2003

"Grim but interesting history, with excellent battle scenes."
Disguised as a boy, the 16-year-old wife of a Methodist circuit rider sees action in the 1781 revolutionary battle at Cowpens. Read full book review >
THIS ROCK by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2001

"Simple in a literal way. Morgan's fans will be pleased."
Formerly Oprah-selected Morgan (Gap Creek, 1999) sticks with familiar characters and themes in a lightweight novel about a roving Appalachian boy searching for his calling in the early 20th century. Read full book review >
GAP CREEK by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 1999

"This couple's relentless misfortunes are given no more drama than they need, and all the compassion they deserve."
Morgan, the "poet laureate of Appalachia" (The Truest Pleasure, 1995, etc.) writes with a gritty, elemental candor about a South Carolina couple's tumultuous first year of marriage. Read full book review >
THE TRUEST PLEASURE by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An admirable account of country living, accentuated by colloquial prose, but best suited to those already enthralled by rural life."
Returning to the familiar territory of his previous fiction, Morgan (the story collection The Mountains Won't Remember Us, 1992, etc.) offers a slice of turn-of-the-century southern farm life complete with all its joys and considerable monotonies. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAINS WON'T REMEMBER US by Robert Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1992

"Some of these pieces appeared originally in Epoch, Pembroke Magazine and Southern Review."
A second collection, like Morgan's first (The Blue Valleys, 1989), that's set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and ranges from post- Revolutionary times to the present. Read full book review >

Newcomer Morgan writes persuasively if unevenly about the southern Appalachians of North Carolina—in regional stories that range from the Civil War to the present-day lives of (mostly) poor whites and the infirm. Read full book review >