A superb and engaging novel set in the Appalachian mountains area of North Carolina. Heartbreaking and moving and an immensely affecting first novel that will have the reader turning the pages to get answers.
I love reading books set in the Appalachian mountains and [b:If The Creek Don't Rise|32804703|If The Creek Don't Rise|Leah Weiss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1500999268s/32804703.jpg|53402293] certainly has characters that take hold of you and descriptions of the landscape and people make this a vivid and compelling read. “I used to pick wildflowers to bring cheer indoors. Prudence would turn right around and throw them out. Said, “If God wanted flowers in a jar, He’d a planted em there.”
― Leah Weiss, If the Creek Don't Rise: A Novel
The small town of Baines Creek really comes to life in this novel and I loved the feeling of mountain life that the author writes about so vivid and real and the characters struggle with poverty and education and are constantly looking for ways out of their harsh and tough envioment.
A lyrical and gritty read with terrific likeable and dislikable characters and a book that I really enjoyed reading.