img_0817     IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss

If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss takes place in 1970 in an isolated small town in North Carolina and is a sad story about a newly married 17 year old girl named Sadie Blue who has been abused her entire life in some form or another. Many people in Sadie’s life are rooting for her and Sadie starts to wonder herself if there’s more to life than being Roy Tupkin’s wife and punching bag.

I love that each chapter is told from a different character’s perspective leading up to the climax of the story. I also really like that the dialect of the homegrown characters, particularly Sadie’s, which sounds exactly like a southern drawl and the language she uses or lack of vernacular vocabulary portrays her her lifestyle or a low economic status. Great debut novel. I was totally drawn into this story from beginning to end. For book club readers, there’s a Q & A section at the end of the novel. I rate this 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: January 13, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 8, 2017.


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