Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The Flood Girls
author: Richard Fifield
average rating: 3.64
book published: 2016
read at: 2017/07/04
date added: 2017/07/04
'The Flood Girls' a debut novel by Richard Fifield is a story about the strange characters that inhabit a small town. It made me think about the town I grew up in.
The book revolves around three characters. Rachel Flood has come back to town after leaving a wake of destruction nine years ago. She is clean and sober now, ready to make amends, but people in town are still not ready to forgive her. Rachel's mother, Laverna, own's The Dirty Shame, the only bar in town. She is none too thrilled to have her daughter back. Rounding out the threesome is young Jake, who lives next to Rachel and spends his free time and money buying flamboyant clothing at the local thrift store, collects rosaries, and listens to Madonna music on his walkman.
There are a variety of weird characters in town, like Red Mabel and Black Mabel. All the volunteer firemen are named Jim. There are a group of female miners that hang out at the bar and get in fights. The softball team is called the Flood Girls, and they are notoriously bad.
The book made me laugh out loud and cry. I could see the ending coming from quite a way away. The writing style is good, but the book leans pretty heavily on stereotypes. There were a few small twists along the way, but I was hoping for something more to happen. Still the story of Rachel making amends and fixing up her dad's old trailer, Jake trying to find his way, and Laverna and her violent friend Red Mabel made for a fun read.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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