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Publisher's Summary

A strikingly sincere portrait of a town and its buried secrets from an outstanding new voice in southern fiction.

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 15 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.

©2017 Leah Weiss (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Fans of Southern Fiction

This one was a bit confusing at times because its not linear in the way the story is told it is the same events told from many different perspectives and I admit to be a little lost a few times. Overall this is good southern fiction with the school teacher who just wants to help and the haints that may or may not be helping. But that ending....I guess I will come to my own conclusions about what happens to Miss Sadie!


Tom Stechschulte and Kate Forbes did a great job at the narration.


Fans of southern fiction give this one a try!

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Disappointed

Story starts out good but ends up a disappointment. Only positive thing about this book is the narration.

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Multiple character narrative.

This was a first person narrative by multiple characters (at least 8) that didn't follow much of an overall story line, but instead gave a telling of life in the backwoods of the Appalachian mountains. It was quite dreary most of the way through but had interesting characters that kept me going.

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Backwoods Life

Excellent narration of an Appalachian backwoods community struggling through daily life. Switching characters and narrators, whose stories of the goings on overlap, lead the reader into different perspectives, and motives of the characters. Not all stories are finished, but the ending left me satisfied. My book club will have some good discussions over this one.

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Fantastic narration

I liked the story line, but really loved the spoken word. Each persons personality came through so clear with the inflection and drawl of their voice. From Sadie to Billy to Kate to Birdy....all wonderfully performed!

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Strong Female Characters Overcoming Bad Decisions

There are multiple interesting and eccentric characters in this story. The part I liked the best were the female friendships lending strength and giving courage in subtle ways. Sadie is a character whose decisions make you angry but also compassionate about the mess she creates for herself. The female characters have uncommon fortitude. They are contrasted by the town spinsters who are mean spirited busy bodies. The story offers a look at many types of discrimination against people who are different but offer substantial value to the people in their lives. I really liked it and was attentive throughout the reading.

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Hard to stop once you start.

I chose this book because it was recommended by Kathleen Grissom. It was so good I will continue to trust her. Ms Grissom is a good writer, who knows another good writer when she reads one. Thank you for this debut.

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Little town gossip

Would you listen to If the Creek Don't Rise again? Why?

Yes, I love the way the story is told by different members of the small town. The audio edition really drew me.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed all the different perspectives of the same event.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

Birdie, I felt like she was someone I'd would have enjoyed listening to all afternoon.

Who was the most memorable character of If the Creek Don't Rise and why?

Gladice Hicks, She was so miserable and hateful, but her true essence was just broken. I couldn't help not feeling compassion for her.

Any additional comments?

I loved the setting of the story.

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  • Susan
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  • 09-12-17

Great fictional Debut

I have been reading all of the great, five star reviews from many who received this from net galley and was excited for it to come to Audible. For a fictional debut it is extremely well written, I loved the use of first person. Chapter by chapter, to be inside the minds of the heros, villains, and other characters of a small, poor, Appalachian community was captivating.

The description and authenticity of life in the 1970's was interesting and at times disturbing. The rawness of hunger and cleanliness was second nature to these folks. It was still the time of outhouses and revenuers. Fascinating descriptions of characters and places, kept the plot moving along and it was elegantly paced. The dialect was pithy, rich and engrossing which definitely added to the story and narrative. The ending did not tie up all the loose ends so I'm hoping that Leah Weiss will be bringing more of this engrossing story, place and characters to life.

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