If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
Publication Date: August 22, 2017
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.
Praise for If the Creek Don’t Rise
An Indie Next, Okra Pick, and LibraryReads
“This one nearly broke my heart. With deeply human characters I will not easily forget, Weiss captures the fierce pull of desperation and the formidable power of hope. An impressive debut from a talent to watch…. ” — Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestsellers
The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything
“Weiss’ debut novel reveals the best and worst of human nature… The author’s masterful use of language, including dialect unique to the area, builds another layer of connection between these characters while she develops a greater sense of inner isolation and distance from those outside the community. 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
“Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad—Weiss’ tale is a beguiling, compelling read.” — Kirkus Reviews
“…tender but powerful debut…” — Publishers Weekly
“If the Creek Don’t Rise is a satisfyingly complete novel….With its bewitching residents and rugged landscape, a journey to Baines Creek is a trip worth taking, and Weiss is likely to find many readers eagerly willing to travel with her again.” — Maximum Shelf Awareness
Writing with a deep knowledge of the enduring myths of Appalachia, Weiss vividly portrays real people and sorrows.” — Library Journal,STARRED review
“Every page of Leah Weiss’ debut, If the Creek Don’t Rise, has a pulse as fierce and unyielding as its Appalachian setting. Told through an ensemble of narrators, men and women of all ages bound by the inescapable power of place and belonging, it is a lush exploration of the darkest rooms in the human heart, and the brightest fires of the human spirit. Weiss’ remarkable gift for language left me breathless, and her characters, distinctive and unapologetically-human, will haunt me for some time.” — Erika Marks, author of The Last Treasure
About the Author:
Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, will be released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time.
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Book Review by Chill and Read:
“If the creek don’t rise” is the debut novel of author Leah Weiss and it is a punch in the stomach! The reader sinks in the narration and can hardly swim to the surface to catch a breath!
Sadie Blue lives in Baines Creek, a small town in the Appalachia. The year is 1970 and Sadie is only sixteen years old, but she has already been under Roy Tupkin’s spell and she carries his child. She is now his wife without a ring but with all needed paperwork. Sadie has met Roy’s bad side several times and she only tries to keep herself and her unborn baby safe from him. It ain’t easy and it ain’t nice. Roy beats her up for no reason once in awhile, just to remind her who is in charge around there. Sadie will find the courage to stand for herself after the arrival of a newcomer, an outsider, that will give her hope and will make her believe in herself.
Life in the Appalachia is more than difficult. It is a constant struggle. Struggle to bring bread on the table. Struggle to live under leaking roofs. Struggle to walk in shoes full of holes. Struggle to wear worn out clothes. Struggle to live under the same roof with drunks and beaters. Struggle to work and die in the mines for a little more money. Struggle to get some education and what you deserve as a person.
The mountains are full of poverty, ignorance, dirt, filt, impurity, Indian beliefs and folklore. People say that’s how it is on the mountains. Those highlanders are savages and the valley people are civilized. There is only that, what people see and the only way they believe they could help, would be to find a way to drag poverty out of those people. This would be their salvation.
Blood on the shoes and mussy clothes is not something new, so nobody asks questions. Not every person is pure, so nobody asks questions. Whatever happens within a household is that man’s business, so nobody asks questions.
But all these people need is hope, somebody to believe in them and be able to instill hope in them. They need education, they need somebody to love them, so they can love themselves. They need someone to point the light to them and to the joys of life. The need to find the reason to live a happy life, cause in the mud that surrounds them, they see only dark.