If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
Published August 8th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Genres Historical Fiction
If The Creek Don’t Rise takes place in a very small and remote Appalachian mountain community called Baines Creek in North Carolina. Taking place in the 1970’s, many can’t read, as education is fairly unheard of and severe poverty is considered normal among Baines Creek residents. We first meet Sadie Blue, who is 17, pregnant and newly married to her husband Roy Turpkin. She has only been married 15 days when she Roy starts hitting her and she knows she should her listened to her grandmother and other folks who told her to stay away from him. When someone new comes to town and gives everyone a new perspective, Sadie starts to believe there might be more to life then just being Roy’s life.
This book is told from a variety of perspectives including Sadie Blue, her grandmother Gladys Hicks, Glady’s next door neighbor Marris Jones, the local Pastor, Eli Perkins, as well as 6 other perspectives. I have only read one other book where I enjoyed this type of perspective, but it did work pretty well in this story. Although I wish I had been able to hear from Sadie’s perspective a bit more. The language the book is written in is also fairly spot on to the Appalachia region where Baines Creek is located in the book. Anyone from or who has spent time there will instantly feel like they are listening to a neighbors conversation while reading this book. I haven’t spent much time in the area, but it instantly brought back a lot of memories. The language might be difficult for some people to read, it did take me one chapter to adjust, but after that I really enjoyed it.
I really liked all of the characters in this book and because they live in such a small community, they are all so intertwined with each other. I love Glady and Marris and could easily see Glady sitting on her front porch in the evening watching the night roll in. All of the characters are well developed, even though we only hear from them each for one or two chapters. Although, again I would have enjoyed hearing a bit more from Sadie, otherwise it was a well written book with a pretty good ending. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book.