If The Creek Don't Rise

IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE


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 comes up the mountain and knocks things off-kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline. She’ll need all the pluck and courage she can muster to figure out how to use it.

Bursting with heart,

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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 comes up the mountain and knocks things off-kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline. She’ll need all the pluck and courage she can muster to figure out how to use it.

Bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit, If the Creek Don’t Rise unfolds through a forgotten holler’s most interesting folks, from a stunning new voice in Southern fiction.

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  • Sourcebooks Landmark
  • Paperback
  • August 2017
  • 320 Pages
  • 9781492647454

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About Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her short stories have been published in A Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction, and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a twenty-four-year career as executive assistant to the headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full-time.

Praise

“This one nearly broke my heart. An impressive debut from a talent to watch.”—Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kitchen House and Glory over Everything

 “An immersive and deeply emotional reading experience—especially satisfying for readers who love richly drawn characters and a strong sense of place.”NPR

“[A] striking debut.”Bustle.com, “10 Best Fiction Books Coming Out in August 2017”

“Weiss’s Appalachia-set fiction debut unfolds like a dark, gripping alt-country ballad.”—Yahoo.com

Discussion Questions

1. Life in 1970 Appalachia (and fictional Baines Creek) was undeniably hard and harsh. What did the novel tell you about that historic time and place that you expected? What did you learn that surprised you?

2. Sadie Blue was the principal character in the book, with her story told in three chapters. Did you root for her from the start? What were her key moments of growth? Who were her mentors and supporters? What did they do that helped her grow a stronger backbone?

3. In what ways were Sadie Blue and her grandmother, Gladys Hicks, and Sadie and her mother, Carly, alike? In what ways were they different?

4. Gladys and Marris were best friends. Who needed the other the most? Who gave the greatest purpose to their relationship?

5. Did you think Gladys was oblivious to her mean behavior? Why did she feel entitled to that mean behavior? How do you think she would have described herself?

6. Who were the most lovable or admirable characters? What made them that way? What were their strengths and weaknesses? In what ways were they important to Sadie’s salvation?

7. Preacher Eli Perkins never quite believed he was good enough for his job. How did that quality make you feel about him? How do you think he performed his job?

8. Three characters who are hard to love are Prudence Perkins, Roy Tupkin, and Billy Barnhill. Did you find any reasons to empathize with them? What were the pivotal moments in their pasts that shaped their personalities? How do you think you would have fared if you were born into their families and stations of life?

9. When Kate Shaw arrived in Baines Creek, she expected to be doing the teaching. What were the things she learned instead?

10. Birdie’s Books of Truths: What insights did they give you into life in Appalachia and the gifts Birdie possessed?

11. What role did Tattler Swann play in the book? Was he a good spokesman for Jerome Biddle? If so, why?

12. This book is written in first person, present tense. Did that choice by the author make the story more intimate? If so, in what ways?

13. Which characters were most capable of loving? In what ways did they demonstrate that?

14. A number of murders were committed in the book. Do you think any of them were justified? If so, which ones and why?