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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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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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Captivating story, extremely well written

Mesmerizing story, drew me in and held me throughout the entire book, from beginning to end. The female narrator was superb, she actually enhanced the story with a nuanced and highly skilled performance. I’m very picky and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the writing and narration.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this audio book! Leah Weiss is a great storyteller. I was swept away by each character as they developed and each told his/her point of view of life in Appalachia. Some of the lines made me laugh out loud, while the difficulties of life in this region made me so sad. As with every audio book I listen to, the narration can make or break the story. The female voices varied enough to distinguish each individual. However, as soon as “Forest Gump” started speaking, I groaned out loud! It was clear that Tom Stechschulte spent many hours listening to “Forrest’s” speech patterns and intonations to get it just right! He was right on!!! I almost stopped listening at that point. It was much too distracting. All I could see in my head was Forrest talking to his “Mama.” The narrator’s time would have been better spent coming up with an original “back woods” voice belonging to that character alone!
That being said, I’m glad I finished listening, and found that I wanted to find out more, “perhaps in a sequel,” about what happens to the characters in the future. Doesn’t often happen for me.

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FANTASTIC!

Was taken from beginning to end. WONDERFUL narrators. Characters were given life. As difficult as it is to believe, there are areas of America that have never made it to the 21st Century. This a well written story about some oc those people. Very good book.

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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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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.