Parnassus is delighted to welcome Leah Weiss as she reads from and signs If the Creek Don't Rise. She will be joined onstage by her audiobook narrator, Kate Forbes.
If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate North Carolina Appalachia town, and the stranger who shakes up this tenacious mountain community. In the stylistic tradition of Olive Kitteridge and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, this novel tells the story of Sadie Blue, who has only been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, but it’s long enough to know she never should have hitched herself to him, because when he gets mad, she gets hit. She is also pregnant with his baby, and in her tiny Appalachian town of Baines Creek, that spells “stuck.” But when a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off-kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline…if she can just figure out how to use it. As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a striking and unforgettable debut about a barren town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.
Kate Forbes is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has appeared on Broadway, off-broadest, at regional theaters around the country, England and Ireland. She is a native of Chattanooga, and lived for many years in New York. She has narrated over 200 books, mostly for Recorded Books, LLC. “Leah Weiss’s If the Creek Don’t Rise was so much fun to read!”