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.
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Great fictional Debut
Little town gossip
Yes, I love the way the story is told by different members of the small town. The audio edition really drew me.
I enjoyed all the different perspectives of the same event.
Birdie, I felt like she was someone I'd would have enjoyed listening to all afternoon.
Gladice Hicks, She was so miserable and hateful, but her true essence was just broken. I couldn't help not feeling compassion for her.
I loved the setting of the story.
- S. Camblin