IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.
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Release Date: August 22, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
If the Creek don't Rise by Laura Weiss is a powerful debut novel about overcoming the struggles of a small town and poverty stricken life. Told in alternating perspectives, readers are going to gain a lot of insight into the lives of many while also riding on a roller-coaster of emotions. This book is going to make readers feel. It is going to make them think. And it is going to empower many who don't believe life can get any better.
This book is a completely different genre for me. It's a women's fiction-ish book, and also a little historical as it takes place in the 1970's. I was intrigued by the plot though and though I would give something different a try. And I am so glad that I did because this book really opened my eyes and made me think of the broader world. The author writes with finesse and heart. She dives deep into an emotional story and brings readers hope. And she has written a winner with this one.
Praise for If the Creek Don’t Rise
"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
“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
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About the Author
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, will be 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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