Review: IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss

cover97101-mediumIF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss • Women’s Fiction • Sourcebook Landmark • Released August 8, 2017

I am a big fan of books that jump right into it and in the first sentence we experience the heart of this story: Sadie Blue getting back up on her feet after her husband has hit her.

IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE takes place in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. The chapters are like quilt blocks, each one told by a different character, each contributing to the overall quilt/story. Each has a unique voice and perspective. The amazing aspect of this type of storytelling is that we get to see each character from every angle giving us a full understanding of who they are.

It is not one person’s story but the story of generations. First we meet seventeen-year-old Sadie Blue who is pregnant and married to the abusive Roy Tupkin.

Gladys Hicks is Sadie’s bitter, angry grandmother. Kind-hearted Marris Jones is Sadie’s aunt. Eli Perkins is the preacher and Prudence Perkins is his judgmental spinster sister. Center to their lives is the addition of a new teacher in town – Kate Shaw.

I thought it brilliant that we don’t see the Kate’s view of things until chapter 7. As an outsider, a jasper, her perspective is vastly different and brings balance to the story.

The last chapter is Sadie’s and when I read it I was surprised when it ended but after a few seconds I realized it wasn’t an end but a beginning.

This is a book I will be talking about for a long time. Well done Ms. Weiss!

Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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