If the Creek Don't Rise (Paperback)

By Rita Williams

Mariner Books, 9780156032858, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2007

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Hardcover (5/1/2006)

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When Rita Williams was four, her mother died in a Denver boarding house. This death delivered Rita into the care of her aunt Daisy, a headstrong woman who had married the most prominent black landowner in Nebraska and spirited her sharecropping family out of the lynching South. They reinvented themselves as ranch hands and hunting guides out West. But one by one they slipped away, to death or to an easier existence elsewhere, leaving Rita as Daisy’s last hope to right the racial wrongs of the past and to make good on a lifetime of thwarted ambition.

If the Creek Don’t Rise tells how Rita found her way out from under this crippling legacy and, instead of becoming "a perfect credit to her race," discovered how to become herself. Set amid the harsh splendor of the Colorado Rockies, this is a gorgeous, ruthless, and unique account of the lies families live—and the moments of truth and beauty that save us.

About the Author

Rita Williams lives in Los Angeles. She has been an actor, musician, professor, recovery counselor, and radio announcer as well as a writer. Her previous work has appeared in the LA Weekly and O, the Oprah Magazine. This is her first book.

Praise For If the Creek Don't Rise


"A remarkable memoir . . . Every page allows me to live in her thoughts."—OPRAH WINFREY, O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

"It takes a while to recover from this book, which is the most important tribute I can pay it."—LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW