The Flood Girls: A Book Club Recommendation!



February Indie Next List Pick 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 The Flood Girls Includes Barfights And AA Meetings, A Parade, A Wedding, And A Black Bear, All Of Which Fifield Juggles BeautifullyThe Wild West Earns Its Name All Over Again In This Lovable Chronicle Of Small Town Insanity Kirkus Reviews Starred Review Welcome To Quinn, Montana, Population 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 TearsThe Flood Girls: A Book Club Recommendation!

Thank you so much for checking out my goodreads page I adore readers, all readers, and I am beyond blessed to be able to have my books out in the universe I love to interact with readers its my favorite part of the job My first book, The Flood Girls, was released in 2016 by Simon Schuster Gallery, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher s Weekly, and was chosen by Target as a book of the month In 2019, I published and edited a compilation of memoirs of women from Montana, entitled We Leave The Flowers Where They Are, with proceeds benefiting arts advocacy programs for underserved women throughout the state My current book, The Small Crimes Of Tiffany Templeton, is my first foray into YA, and published by Penguin Razorbill I received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and worked for twenty years as a social worker for adults with intellectual disabilities Currently, I live in Missoula, Montana, where I spend my time volunteering as a creative writing teacher, creating haute couture, and doting on my rescue dogs I would love to hear from you Thank you so very much for being a reader I m a huge fan of so many authors, and am grateful to be able to interact with friends on this website, old and new

[EPUB] ✶ The Flood Girls: A Book Club Recommendation! ✻ Richard  Fifield – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 326 pages
  • The Flood Girls: A Book Club Recommendation!
  • Richard Fifield
  • 03 March 2019
  • 1476797390

10 thoughts on “The Flood Girls: A Book Club Recommendation!

  1. says:

    As a 60 year old woman I find the publishing world wants to sell me on surviving grief and senior sex when all I want are strong, realistic characters who make me feel something other than looming decrepitude I don t know who Richard Fifield thinks he is, but to me he s a master of the female voice His book is filled with so many women I recognize from my own growing up in a small town that I became nostalgic for those sensible, bighearted bitches Something I didn t think possible The town As a 60 year old woman I find the publishing world wants to sell me on surviving grief and senior sex when all I want are strong, realistic characters who make me feel something other than looming decrepitude I don t know who Richard Fifield thinks he is, but to me he s a master of the female voice His book is filled with so many women I recognize from my own growing up in a small town that I became nostalgic for those sensible, bighearted bitches Something I didn t think possible The town of Quinn, Montana could be anywhere there are imperfect mothers and wayward daughters, boys who don t succumb to proto male conditioning, and townfolk who bond and break over shared experience, whether a sordid affair or softball tournament There have been many writers who try to portray the environment that exists in a place where everyone knows everyone else s business, but they usually come off as cloying or trite Fifield does neither In fact, I turned over a page corner each time I found a particularly lovely turn of phrase by the time I finished, the book was full of them This is a special gift to be passed from friend to friend, from snow leopard to cougar It s honest and brutal and hilarious I can think of few better experiences than my time with The Flood Girls

  2. says:

    I grew up in a very small town where everyone seemingly knew everyone the good and the bad This is probably why I find myself so drawn to stories of small towns, and Richard Fifield s The Flood Girls is no exception in fact, it s one of the best small town novels I think I ve ever read.The Flood Girls gives readers a glimpse into the small little town of Quinn, Montanawhere things are not as peachy and nice as you might think they would be Every new volunteer firefighter is seemingly na I grew up in a very small town where everyone seemingly knew everyone the good and the bad This is probably why I find myself so drawn to stories of small towns, and Richard Fifield s The Flood Girls is no exception in fact, it s one of the best small town novels I think I ve ever read.The Flood Girls gives readers a glimpse into the small little town of Quinn, Montanawhere things are not as peachy and nice as you might think they would be Every new volunteer firefighter is seemingly named Jim leading them to address them by a number rather than a name, the softball team is supported by the town and yet can t seem to win a game if it s not called due to rain, and the local bad girl , Rachel Flood, has arrived to a less than calm welcome Yes, it s the perfect setting for some good, down home drama which is exactly what makes this book so spectacular.There s also Jake, the kid next door who warms up to Rachel nearly immediately and accompanies her on her journey toward making amends in this small town But when Rachel is told she s expected to play on her estranged mother s softball team, things seem like they can t get much worse Will she join the team and prove to everyone that she truly is sorry, or will she screw things up again and be forced to leave town If you enjoy family drama, exciting and faced paced dialogue that will leave you both cringing and laughing, or small towns are appealing to you, then I can t recommend this one enough It s the perfect read for that cold and rainy day, but would also be perfect laying on a beach somewhere warm So what I m trying to say is that wherever you are in your life, I have a feeling this one would speak to you.Last year one of my favorite books was Where d You Go, Bernadette, and this one reads much like that one It s witty, entertaining, but packed with moments that make you feel like you re right there on the journey with them There s nothing better than some good ole ball game camaraderie, especially when half the team is drunk and the other half is well on their way to getting there I laughed, I was appalled, I shared funny moments with friends I can honestly say, this is one of the most fun books I ve read in a while.My Rating 5 Stars Would I recommend this book I personally stayed up all night finishing this one, which is a good sign to me that this one is well worth recommending to you

  3. says:

    I was given an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Well, I had to compose myself for a couple of days before I wrote this review The first few chapters were only o.k for me I thought, well another story about quirky people in a small town Then I sat and read for 6 hours straight The Flood Girls is about a small town in Montana, Quinn, and there are very diverse characters for sure The difference with this book is how incredibly well Mr I was given an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Well, I had to compose myself for a couple of days before I wrote this review The first few chapters were only o.k for me I thought, well another story about quirky people in a small town Then I sat and read for 6 hours straight The Flood Girls is about a small town in Montana, Quinn, and there are very diverse characters for sure The difference with this book is how incredibly well Mr Fifield led me to understand these characters, there was sufficient back story not only on our main character, Rachel, but also the other people of this town Rachel has come back home to make amends for the chaos she caused during her teenage years, especially a betrayal to her mother, Laverna She has gone through AA and has a sponsor back in the city but also one appointed to her in Quinn, who happens to be the police chief.Some of the characters that you will be introduced to include Laverna, who owns the only bar in town, The Dirty Shame, aptly named for all of the things the townspeople get up to in that bar Red Mabel is Laverna s best friend and confidant There are all of the volunteer firemen, three of whom are named Jim and Jim number 3 helps Rachel to restore a broken down trailer house left to her by her father and would very much like to have a closer relationship to Rachel Jake is the son of Rachel s high school friend who doesn t fit in anywhere That is because he is gay, has a flair for fashion and has no interest in the usual guy things There is a bit of a stereotype here but the character of Jake is so well developed that we look past that to see a really sincere, intelligent and good person who just wants to be who he is.Bert is a nasty piece of work Married to Rachel s high school friend, he is Jake s step father and none to happy to have a gay son, although no one speaks that word He does everything he can to make life miserable for Jake In the end Bert is probably one of the nastiest villains I ve come across lately, but you ll have to read the book to see why.I never lived in a small town but living in Wisconsin I have traveled through some that sound very much like the town of Quinn What surprised me was how the people, despite their differences, do come through for each other in many ways The Flood Girls softball team was usually a mockery but the season when Rachel comes back brings some new life and togetherness for the team The celebration of the 4th of July is the main event in town, celebrated for much longer than one day, probably the entire week with many of the people on day long benders There is something to be said about alcoholism in small towns with not much else to do Quinn was a logging town on it s way down I always scoffed at reviewers that said that they laughed uncontrollably or cried through chapters of a book This book really hit me, I did laugh out loud, something my husband is not used to hearing and I did feel very sad at the end of this book This is a very special book and I look forward to Mr Fifields next work A must read for 2016

  4. says:

    Find all of my reviews at Wolfe wrote you can t go home again Fitting that I wound up listening a book about a woman returning to her hometown during my 12 hour round trip solo drive back to the place where I was born and raised for the first time in a decade In The Flood Girls Rachel returns to a town full of trailer parks and alcoholics because she felt she needed to re work Step 8 In case you aren t familiar I ended up in the local wate Find all of my reviews at Wolfe wrote you can t go home again Fitting that I wound up listening a book about a woman returning to her hometown during my 12 hour round trip solo drive back to the place where I was born and raised for the first time in a decade In The Flood Girls Rachel returns to a town full of trailer parks and alcoholics because she felt she needed to re work Step 8 In case you aren t familiar I ended up in the local watering hole at some point during my brief stay, but I can t say I took the same path Rachel did when I got back to my ol stomping grounds However, I could relate to Rachel s slice of Americana and had a great time learning all about the various Flood Girls as they tried to make it to the regional baseball tourney for the first time ever As well as The Chief and his merry band of volunteer firemen Not to mention young Jake ManThis was a winner for me Many thanks to Melki for her 5 Star review She s kind of greedy with the Starzzzzzz just like me so when she hands them out, I tend to pay attention My library system also deserves a kudo for nearly always having whatever my heart desires, in whatever format my heart desires And now I m back at work I was trying to plug in and listen to porn until 5 00 while I did whatever tasks came to me, but instead I was just informed me that my taking three days off which I informed everyone about in advance and made sure to not be either a Monday or a Friday to attend a funeral was an inconvenience Someone pass me a silver bullet The beer, I mean, not an actual silver bullet I don t work with werewolves

  5. says:

    Laverna had no doubts about her hometown, knew that it created devils and angels, queens and boy princesses, gritty souls that could survive anything.Rachel s back in town, Quinn, Montana, to be precise a small town filled with souls who have not forgotten that Rachel once had a certainreputation But, she s in an AA twelve step program, and needs to make amends to those she s wronged, so here she is, settling into her late father s trailer home, ready to take on the town gossips, and, g Laverna had no doubts about her hometown, knew that it created devils and angels, queens and boy princesses, gritty souls that could survive anything.Rachel s back in town, Quinn, Montana, to be precise a small town filled with souls who have not forgotten that Rachel once had a certainreputation But, she s in an AA twelve step program, and needs to make amends to those she s wronged, so here she is, settling into her late father s trailer home, ready to take on the town gossips, and, gulp, her mother, Laverna, owner of the local watering hole, the Dirty Shame, and coach of the women s softball team I LOVED this book There s a real Northern Exposure vibe to the novel, peopled as it is with an eccentric and unforgettable cast of characters Fifield has a gift for great dialogue, and tosses off hilarious one liners left and right I lost track of how many times I laughed aloud I cannot recommend this one highly enough

  6. says:

    I am sincerely torn about this book I wanted so much to say that I loved it and that I thought it was incredible but I think this is one of those stories that will appeal to some readers and would be lost in others For me, I recognize the fantastic effort set forth by the author s debut work However, I don t think I m necessarily the target audience for this kind of story The plot itself is commendable an alcoholic Rachel going through the steps to recovery from Alcoholics Anonymous retu I am sincerely torn about this book I wanted so much to say that I loved it and that I thought it was incredible but I think this is one of those stories that will appeal to some readers and would be lost in others For me, I recognize the fantastic effort set forth by the author s debut work However, I don t think I m necessarily the target audience for this kind of story The plot itself is commendable an alcoholic Rachel going through the steps to recovery from Alcoholics Anonymous returns to her hometown Quinn, Montana to make amends with the people she affected with her careless behaviors some 9 years prior But the story just doesn t go further than painting the picture of a bunch of caricatures that do engage in ridiculous antics and can only talk to each other in insults and threats.The story takes place in Quinn, a very small rural town The center of the town seems to be the bar The Dirty Shame owned and run by Laverna Rachel s mother Laverna turns out to be Rachel s biggest skeptic and definitely not her number one fan Quickly we are introduced to a cast of characters as I have never read about before For my taste, they were too over the top and somewhat outrageous in their outlandish and violent behaviors and gratuitous use of foul language and sexual references They are primarily defined by their identifying features and their behaviors the mining lesbians, Bucky has buck teeth , Red Mabel and Black Mabel natural enemies that happen to be named the same so they are distinguished by red and black and so forth There is also a softball team that is held together by the very angry and prickly Laverna Although I understood how the softball team is what holds these characters together in spite of their differences, I found the chapters about the softball games unnecessary and a poorly executed attempt at humor Again, it is very possible that the fact that I could not relate to these characters is probably why I did not find humor in the intended humorous sections The character of Jake is the one character in the entire book that I felt a connection with The story of the underdog whose differences in behavior make him the victim of bullying from kids and adults alike He is a 12 year old who is mature beyond his years I did think that his maturity was his way of coping with his differences and although you love him and want to see him do well and get out of this horrible town and away from these low brow people that make up his town, the end of his story is predictably disappointing yet a surprisingly pessimistic and skeptical depiction of people in general The reason I m compelled to point that out is because it confused me as to whether the book was meant to be light hearted or a cautionary tale of sorts After a long drawn out series of Hatfield vs the McCoys type of situations, the book ends with such a tragic situation that seems to bring the book to a and that is that folks kind of ending I can see this story appealing greatly to fans of the kinds of antics one sees in shows like Duck Dynasty or those of the Honey Boo Boo variety However, I find very little humor or have any interest in observing these kinds of outlandish behaviors without getting some character development that provides some value to the reader I don t doubt that Mr Fifield is a writer with a great book in him, I just don t see as this one being the one At least, not for me I would love to see him focus on one character perhaps like Jake or Bucky or even the unlikeable Laverna and write a story that develops that character thoroughly so that the reader can truly get to know them and have justifiable reason to love or hate them or love and hate them

  7. says:

    Damn you, Richard Fifield I took a copy of The Flood Girls on a family vacation this Summer, and I couldn t put it down Rather than having ravaging sex with my husband under the midnight sun of Iceland, I feigned sleepiness so I could climb into bed and readabout the town of Quinn and it s lively inhabitants I snuck quick chapters in the bathroom as my family impatiently waited for me to be ready to walk into town for dinner Friends ask me to regale them with stories of our adventure, Damn you, Richard Fifield I took a copy of The Flood Girls on a family vacation this Summer, and I couldn t put it down Rather than having ravaging sex with my husband under the midnight sun of Iceland, I feigned sleepiness so I could climb into bed and readabout the town of Quinn and it s lively inhabitants I snuck quick chapters in the bathroom as my family impatiently waited for me to be ready to walk into town for dinner Friends ask me to regale them with stories of our adventure, and my mind mies up the waterfalls and the beautiful blonde people of Iceland with the softball games and bar brawls of small town Montana.Jk, Jk For reals, thank you Richard Fifield, for writing a beautiful and spot on book For capturing characters that we all are familiar with but could never use words to describe them in such a witty and magical way as you have Thank you for giving a voice to small town women whose lives always seemed desperate and sad to me, but after reading The Flood Girls, I see in a new light A somewhat envious one.I can t wait to give this book to every person I know and blow their minds

  8. says:

    Have to admit, this book was a slow start Once it picked up, it made for an entertaining read Lots of vivid characters and softball with themes of family, guilt, and acceptance This story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming Could definitely see this being made into a movie.

  9. says:

    While I m not sure I found this to be uproarious as the publisher summary claims and I really hate a book being sold as funny when that isn t its strength , this debut novel is a unique look at addiction and isolation in small town Montana where a trip to Missoula is life changing with its mall and Chinese food Rachel has returned home as part of her AA amends, back to the trailer park where she spent most of her teenage years wasted and having sex with all the volunteer firefighters, marri While I m not sure I found this to be uproarious as the publisher summary claims and I really hate a book being sold as funny when that isn t its strength , this debut novel is a unique look at addiction and isolation in small town Montana where a trip to Missoula is life changing with its mall and Chinese food Rachel has returned home as part of her AA amends, back to the trailer park where she spent most of her teenage years wasted and having sex with all the volunteer firefighters, married or not Her mother owns the bar in town where the lesbian miners and alcoholics go, and also serves as the center for the local softball league which her mother also coaches The characters for the most part are rough around the edges, tough, feisty, and then there is a little gay boy who we all know is gay because of how he dresses I probably could have done with a little less cliche and a littleheart I actually believe the author wants to be diverse in his characters but somehow manages to do this by creating some pretty major stereotypes Gay because fashion Lesbian because flannel I liked some of the minor characters quite a bit and felt the way the community came together despite its eccentricities felt pretty realistic The little detail of all the rosaries being donated to the thrift store was particularly memorable.The character of Rachel is not pretty, from the depths of despair in her drunkest days to the gradual unveiling throughout the novel of what led to her leaving Quinn in the first place Her journey was interesting and not necessarily expected, but most of the struggle was off stage She charges through the novel heroically and I think maybe I would have liked to start farther back in the story Overall a decent start from this author, and I ll look for his next book I received a copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.I am still not sure how I feel about this book I loved parts of it but thought other parts were a little too much And that ending I can t even I was really hoping that everything would pull together for a feel good kind of ending It wasn t a feel good ending It was shocking and it broke my heart I really have struggled with how to rate this book I was really somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for most of the book When I take the ending in This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.I am still not sure how I feel about this book I loved parts of it but thought other parts were a little too much And that ending I can t even I was really hoping that everything would pull together for a feel good kind of ending It wasn t a feel good ending It was shocking and it broke my heart I really have struggled with how to rate this book I was really somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for most of the book When I take the ending into consideration, I really have to go with 3 stars for this one.This book has one of the most colorful cast of characters that I can remember reading Some of these characters were rude and abrasive most of the time I did feel that the characters were a bit over the top at times I didn t dislike most of the characters but I didn t feel any kind of connection to the majority of them either There were a few stand outs in the cast that did get to me by the end of the story Laverna took a long time to warm up to but once I understood her, I grew to like her Bucky was awesome, Jake was perfect and I fell in love with him almost instantly Rachel was really pretty easy to like as well.The majority of the book was told from Rachel s point of view Rachel left her hometown of Quinn in disgrace She is coming back after being gone for years because she wants to make amends as part of her recovery Rachel has changed and is really a better person but she did a lot of terrible things while she was growing up in Quinn She has a lot of patience and slowly works to change her life She even plays for The Flood Girls even though she isn t a very good softball player Watching Rachel make new connections and become a part of the small community again was interesting to watch.I did enjoy the narration in this audiobook Kathleen Early did a fantastic job with a large cast of characters Each character had a distinctive voice and was able to deliver some rather colorful dialog quite convincingly I thought that she did a great job in capturing the emotions of the characters Rachel had a lot of really high points and some rock bottom moments in this book and I really felt her joy and her pain I will definitely look foraudiobooks narrated by Kathleen Early.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story set in a small town with quirky characters There is a lotto the story than that but the characters are really the basis of this story I did enjoy Richard Fifield s debut novel and plan to check out his work in the future I received an advance reader edition of this book from Blackstone Audio via Audiobook Jukebox.Initial ThoughtsI don t even know what I think of this one Definitely not a feel good ending but one that will probably stay with me for a while It was abrasive and rude at times with characters so extreme they almost felt cartoonish The story did have a certain appeal in the end I really liked the narration and will be looking forof her work I am going to need to think about this one and process my feelings about the end of the story before I can write any kind of real review

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *