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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Smiroldo on 03-05-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 02-21-18


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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