If the Creek Don't Rise

If the Creek Don't Rise

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"[A] striking debut..." -- BUSTLE

"...masterful use of language....Weiss' novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon."--Booklist, STARRED Review

He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn

Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.

Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.

This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017.
ISBN: 9781492647454
Branch Call Number: FIC Weiss
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 07, 2018

The lives of the residents of an isolated 1970's rural Appalachian community are changed
when an outsider, teacher Kate Shaw, brings the possibility of hope. A captivating narrative by a variety of well developed personalities; Leah Weiss brings a feminine perspective with a bit of the Ron Rash grittiness. Enjoyable.

Mar 19, 2018

I liked the story and the characters but not the ending. It would have been nice to see Sadie Blue rise to her full potential.

Dec 10, 2017

This was a very engrossing book. It wove an interesting story that made you love or hate or feel for each character while enlightening you about the world of the Appalachians not that long ago. I couldn't put it down.

NWPL Dec 07, 2017

This is a review from a teen reader submitted through our Advance Reading club program:

The southern country atmosphere of this novel transported me to another world. The novel revolved around the misfortune and future dangers of pregnant teen, Sadie Blue. By switching between the characters voices in each chapter, their different personalities and perspectives toward Sadie Blue's situation and their own, were perfectly framed. Each character had a different voice that was so human and real that made the careful yet abrupt transition between a voice of hope and despair.

The character Kate Shaw - a strange teacher - brought a new light to many lives including Sadie Blue, which gave the hope of a better future for her. In other eyes they viewed her as a threat to their religion, a common and important belief, in their community. The character of Kate Shaw helped to display the diverse opinions and human emotions that can be found in every person today.

Leah Weiss' writing is extremely good. This was one of the best books that I've read, with a theme not so common in teen's books nowadays. Throughout the book, a myriad of emotions were shown, which made me feel so much for the characters.

jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Really interesting debut about living in Appalachia. Great story.

Sep 18, 2017

Set in 1970 Appalachia, we're introduced to a small community of characters who really give you a feel for their hard lives. Each chapter is from a different character - totaling 10 different POVs. Also, some incidents were retold from different perspectives. This took some getting used to. Every time I got to a new chapter and saw a new name for the title, I groaned. But each character pulled me into their story and they all tied together around Sadie Blue and helping her survive her miserable excuse of a husband. In general, a good story. Just not a fan of the style in which it was told and it had kind of an abrupt ending.

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