Thursday, April 6th: Montana author Richard Fifield reads at Shakespeare & Co for the first time! Join us for selections from his first, acclaimed novel, Flood Girls, now in paperback. 7pm.
"THE FLOOD GIRLS is a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer. Edgy and original, it's worth the trip." - Jackie Collins, New York Times bestselling author
“[The Flood Girls] includes barfights and AA meetings, a parade, a wedding, and a black bear, all of which Fifield juggles beautifully...The 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: 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.
Richard Fifield lives in Missoula, Montana, where he has spent years working in case management and direct care for adults with developmental disabilities. He teaches creative writing at the University of Montana, volunteers with the Zootown Arts Community Center and the Western Montana Gay & Lesbian Community Center, coaches softball, and directs hip hop videos. His writing has been published in Cedilla, The Global City Review, Teacup, and Outwords, and his stage plays have been performed at the University of Montana and the Crystal Theater. Most recently, his short story “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was shortlisted for The Bristol Prize, and published in their anthology. He is the father of three rescue dogs, who, he says, rescue him on a daily basis.