If the Creek Don't Rise

If the Creek Don't Rise

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife. As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don't Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781492647454
Branch Call Number: FIC WEISS
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 21 cm


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Seventeen and pregnant, Sadie Blue is trapped in a horrific marriage to a moonshiner husband in 1970s Appalachia. With reviews calling it "tender but powerful," I am hoping this makes a suitable fictional companion to my favorite non-fiction title of the year, Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. V... Read More »

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Jul 22, 2019

One of the most striking things about this book is that it’s written in heavy dialect throughout most of the story. This might not be for all readers, but it simply reminded me of home. I felt that the author wrote many of the words and phrases correctly; it didn’t seem offensive or corny. Bringing an authentic feminist voice to this region is so rarely done well, and this debut novel did a good job of capturing nuances in characters that better reflect reality than many novels that paint more one dimensional pictures. I really enjoyed how the story unfolds slowly from the perspectives of different characters in each chapter and frequently retells the same plot points in this manner. Definitely more character driven than straight plot driven, this is a novel that evokes deep introspection from readers. It felt a little rushed at the end and it doesn't resolve every single thread, but I think it does enough. I am definitely recommending this book to others!

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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