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What it’s about:
Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.
Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.
In the spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears.
The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield is good small-town fiction. I picked it up because it was billed as “hilarious”; I was expecting something akin to the stage production, Greater Tuna. The Flood Girls does have some wry humor in it, but it didn’t make me chortle out loud while reading.
Quinn, Montana where everyone knows your name and past transgressions, and everyone has a long memory is home to many quirky characters—956 to be exact. Rachel Flood left Quinn in disgrace and has returned to make amends, but the town folk don’t welcome her back with open arms.
Jake, the young boy who lives next door, is the only person in the little run-down town who immediately accepts Rachel. He tags along as she makes amends with the people she hurt in the past (as prescribed in her 12 step program). I enjoyed each of the charmingly dysfunctional characters, but I loved Laverna, Rachel’s mom, and her women’s softball team. They were in a league of their own (pun intended).
Fifield’s insight shows in his mastery of the female voice. I enjoyed his campy depiction of female camaraderie both on and off the softball field. He has filled Quinn, Montana with imperfect, wayward, and misguided individuals who you might not look at twice on the street, but if you really knew them, you’d know they’d have your back.
The steady pace of the plot allows readers to fully enjoy the family drama, pithy dialogue, and Rachel’s odyssey for forgiveness. The homespun drama and humor make for an enjoyable read. Richard Fifield’s debut novel, The Flood Girls, is homespun, humorous drama perfect for fans of small town fiction.
Releases February 2, 2016
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