If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss
A Novel

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Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad—Weiss’ tale is a beguiling, compelling read.
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"[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.

 

About Leah Weiss

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LEAH WEISS retired in 2015 from a twenty-four-year career as an executive assistant to the headmaster at a private school in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her stories have appeared in many magazines. This is her debut novel.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jun 06 2017

Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad—Weiss’ tale is a beguiling, compelling read.

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Reviewed by Maya Rodale on Aug 27 2017

Weiss steadily builds the tension to an ending you knew was coming — and, let's be honest, probably hoped for — yet it still arrives as a sudden, powerful shock. It's a shock that lingers...

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