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If the Creek Don’t Rise: A Novel

“[A] striking debut…” ― BUSTLE  

“…masterful use of language….Weiss’ novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon.”―Booklist, STARRED Review

He’s gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn

Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.

Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out.  When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline…if she can just figure out how to use it.

This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

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Anonymous says:

The Creek Can Rise but I’m Gonna Keep Reading I honestly can not recall the last time I called in sick just so I could finish a book I’d begun the evening before.This is for many reasons one of the very best books I’ve read in ages, and really good books, unfortunately, are rather rare these days for picky readers. I almost passed on it because reading about Appalachia is not of interest to me, despite family ties. But folks, the sense of place, of time, of people I’ve seen and talked with, was so eerily familiar–and…

Anonymous says:

A wonderful read – characters, plot and setting! The dialect takes a bit to get used to, but as you learn more about the characters, you realize that it just rounds out your vision of the person. We get to know a number of characters really well, as most have a chapter or more devoted to them and the role they play in the life of Sadie Blue. Sadie’s a young girl who has known only the Appalachian culture – and she’s made a sad mistake in marrying a monster.The town of Baines Creek has hired a new teacher for the one room school,…

Anonymous says:

Absolutely riveting I started reading this book last night about 10pm. After reading for a while I went to sleep and then woke up early to start again. The book was finished before 10am. I absolutely loved the story. I felt like I’d just gotten done watching a great movie. The characters all came to life and it left you with that “great book satisfaction” that also leaves you longing for more. I am excited to see more work by this author in the future. I’m glad I took a chance and branched out from my…

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