I am so thrilled to be a part of this tour of books that feature strong female characters. The Flood Girls is a story that contains quite an eclectic mix of them!
I received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Flood Girls
Author: Richard Fifield
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is “a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer” (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won’t want to leave behind.
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 one of those books that reminds you of your favourite mixed tape. The writing is absolutely intoxicating and definitely stirs up some raw emotions. In a nutshell, the story is a work of art that captivates the reader with its cast of powerful characters, provides a sense of nostalgia and is all tied together with its richly woven themes.
There are so many wonderful characters in this story that readers will love, hate and empathize with. Told through alternating perspectives, Fifield really paints quite a picture in one’s mind about the events both past and present and how they have affected each of these characters as the story unfolds. There are so many different types of women and men in this small town tale that anyone who lives in or near a small town will undoubtedly feel right at home in this story. The women are most impressive in this book, as they must demonstrate so much strength and determination in order to survive in the small town of Quinn, Montana.
While reading this book, readers will take a trip down memory lane and be inserted right back into 1991. Honestly, a soundtrack that includes Madonna, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac will be ringing in your ears as you read this story. Even the clothing descriptions of this era are on point and occasionally provide laugh out loud moments as the reader imagines the amazing outfits that these characters from the early ’90s are sporting.
Also, there are so many important and compelling themes presented in Fifield’s The Flood Girls. Namely, redemption is a strong feature in this story, as the main character, Rachel, is a recovering alcoholic and is determined to make amends with the people she hurt. As well, the theme of friendship is very prominent in this story and many of the characters go through transformations in search of it.
Fifield has created an amazing story through The Flood Girls. Readers are sure to fall in love with the characters, setting and themes of this fun and heart-breaking book. There are absolutely some kick-ass women in this one!