Meet Leah Weiss and Bren McClain

We’re thrilled to welcome two of our favorite Southern Authors, Leah Weiss & Bren McClain. They’ll be in our shop Wednesday, March 6th at 6 p.m. to chat with fans and sign books. We hope you’ll join us!

Selected as an Indie Next, Okra Pick and Library Reads.

  • #5 on the National Bestseller list for Independent Bookstores for the 2017-2018 Winter Quarter.

  • On Bestsellers List for Southern Independent Booksellers (SIBA for 5 weeks), the Great Lakes (GLIB) and Midwest (MIBA).

  • A finalist in the 2018 Library of Virginia People's Choice Award

  • A finalist for the 2018 Library of Virginia Literary Awards Fiction Category

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble.  But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife.

As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate 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.

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, was 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.

* 2017 Willie Morrie Award for Southern Fiction

* Long-listed for the Southern Book Prize, Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association

* A 2017 Great Group Reads selection by the Women’s National Book Association

* Named top book of 2017 by Lit Picks

* A Southern Independent Booksellers Association Okra Pick 

* Finalist for The Crook's Corner Book Prize for a debut novel set in the American South

* Named Pulpwood Queen Book of the Year 2017

* Included in Hungry for Good Books’ Best Novels of 2017 & Bookworm Sez’ Best Books of 2017


In this unforgettable novel about motherhood, the human-animal bond, poverty, and redemption, Bren McClain gives us the story of Sarah Creamer, a recently widowed and dirt-poor single mother struggling to survive in rural South Carolina in the 1950’s. One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy, who is not her own but the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But an even bigger obstacle is undoing the words her mother told Sarah when she was six years old, words that set up a prophesy, “You ain’t got you one good mama bone in you, girl.”  Sarah’s “help” comes in the form of an unlikely teacher, a mother cow, who comes to live in Sarah’s midst.


BREN MCCLAIN was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is at work on her next novel, TOOK, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner –William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress. She makes her home outside of Nashville, Tenn., on 100 acres. This is McClain’s first novel.