Book Spotlight: If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss

If the Creek Don't Rise
by Leah Weiss
Date Released: August 22, 2017

About If the Creek Don't Rise
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.





"This one nearly broke my heart. With deeply human characters I will not easily forget, 
Weiss captures the fierce pull of desperation and the formidable power of hope. 
An impressive debut from a talent to watch.... "
— Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestsellers
The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything

“Weiss’ debut novel reveals the best and worst of human nature… 
The author’s masterful use of language, including dialect unique to the area, 
builds another layer of connection between these characters 
while she develops a greater sense of inner isolation and distance 
from those outside the community. 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

“Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad—Weiss' tale is a beguiling, compelling read.”
Kirkus Reviews

“…tender but powerful debut...”
Publishers Weekly


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If the Creek Don't Rise is a satisfyingly complete novel….
With its bewitching residents and rugged landscape, a journey to Baines Creek is a trip worth taking, 
and Weiss is likely to find many readers eagerly willing to travel with her again.” 
— Maximum Shelf Awareness

“Writing with a deep knowledge of the enduring myths of Appalachia, 
Weiss vividly portrays real people and sorrows.”
Library Journal, STARRED review

“Every page of Leah Weiss' debut, If the Creek Don't Rise, has a pulse as fierce and unyielding 
as its Appalachian setting. Told through an ensemble of narrators, men and women of all ages 
bound by the inescapable power of place and belonging, it is a lush exploration 
of the darkest rooms in the human heart, and the brightest fires of the human spirit. 
Weiss' remarkable gift for language left me breathless, and her characters, 
distinctive and unapologetically-human, will haunt me for some time.
— Erika Marks, author of The Last Treasure




About Leah Weiss
Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, was released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction, and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time. 

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