Apr 10, 2017

Review: If The Creek Don't Rise

If The Creek Don't  Rise If The Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I absolutely loved this book. I finished it in a few days anxious to see what would happen next. I loved the array or colorful characters, and that the story was told by several allowing me to get a glimpse of what was going on in their head. Inside some of the character's mind was a pretty crazy and entertaining place to be.

At first I wasn't as into the poor mountain girl messed up and got with an abusive jerk, but as new characters emerged telling about their life and experiences on the mountain I couldn't stop reading. Even the horrible characters shed light on the environment and situations.

Awesome read with an abundance of "mountain people" terminology ... Believable characters (and oh what a character some of the characters are). Heart touching in places, funny, sad, and funny again. I love the ending and did not expect the turn it took.

There was a section of book club / discussion type questions at the end that really would make some great conversation topics. I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest review.


Book description:

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 fifteen 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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