Review: The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

25814284*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Title: The Flood Girls

Author: Richard Fiflield

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

ISBN: 9781476797380

The Flood Girls
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

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What caught me most about this book right off the back was not the synopsis. It was the cover. I love this cover. The retro vibe made me instantly want to open the book and it set the tone for the story inside.This wonderful cover prefaces a story full of colourful characters in a town that is far removed from metropolitan life, but is full of family drama, long-held grudges, but also lifelong friendships. It’s a funny story with a touching arc and great character development.

The story isn’t normally the kind of story I’m into, but it was a nice change. The characters are pretty rough-and-tumble. They don’t take crap from anyone. They’re crass, dirty, raw, and unfiltered. But they never apologies for they who they are and that’s what binds them together. Fifield captures the essence of a small American town where glitz and glam are the furthest thing from everyone’s mind, but what matters deep down are the relationships that people form with each other. Beneath the tough exterior lies true acceptance and loyalty that one won’t find anywhere else.

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