The Flood Girls
How do you make amends to an entire town when you’ve burned every bridge that leads there? Rachel Flood doesn’t have all the answers, but she is determined to answer that question and heal herself along the way by heading back home to small town Quinn, Montana.
The shadowy figure of Frank, Rachel’s unknown father, passes away and leaves Rachel his trailer home and a charming and flamboyant twelve-year-old neighbor named Jake. Almost falling down around her ears, the trailer is representative of Rachel’s path to healing and forgiveness. Jake will be the best help she could have hoped for, because Jake needs someone to care about him too, and help him learn that being true to yourself matters. Rachel takes Jake under her wing as his best protector and friend, and Jake helps Rachel remember what having a good friend means. As forgiveness in the town progresses, so does the restoration of the trailer home. But Rachel Flood is a 12-step alcoholic determined to make amends to everyone she wronged, including her mother, Laverna Flood, almost the entire population of Quinn, and the women on her mother’s softball team, The Flood Girls. The women in the town who’s marriages she ruined, the shame she brought to her mother and her closest friends leads to many tears and name calling when Rachel is drafted by her mother to play softball. Laverna also demands her daughter work at the bar she owns, aptly named ‘The Dirty Shame’.
Literally one of the best books I’ve read in years, The Flood Girls and the town of Quinn, have planted themselves firmly in my heart and won’t be leaving soon. Superbly written by newcomer Richard Fifield, this book should be given to everyone who might need a reminder that sometimes you can go home, and there are many roads that lead to forgiveness.