“The Flood Girls” by Richard Fifield is a quirky, different kind of book, populated with unusual, flawed, and likeable characters.
Rachel Flood is returning to her hometown of Quinn, Montana for a number of reasons. Her father has died, and she inherited his trailer. She also wants to make amends to complete Step 9 of her Alcoholics Anonymous recovery. She has let down her mother and scandalized most of the town at some point or another. She forges an unlikely friendship with the twelve year old boy next door and the aging fire chief.
There’s a lot in here – a host of unusual characters, most of whom are three dimensional and believable. (There are some peripheral characters that devolve into stereotype.) There’s thoughts on religion and spirituality and the role of higher powers, ideas about redemption, and musings on friendship and what that actually means. But mostly it’s the kind of book you find yourself trying to cast in your head – who would play who in the movie? It would make a great ensemble cast movie.
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