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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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By Anonymous User on 01-19-18

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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By Mary Jo Krufka on 01-17-18

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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