If the Creek Don't Rise

  • by Leah Weiss
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Susan

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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- S. Camblin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books