OBC presents Richard Fifield, June 8

SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club presents Richard Fifield reading from his novel, "The Flood Girls," Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Fifield's novel is a hilarious, fast read, set in the fictitious town of Quinn, Mont. 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 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, Fifield's hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears.

Fifield earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. For the past 20 years he has worked as a social worker for adults with intellectual disabilities, while volunteering as a creative writing teacher in Missoula, Mont.


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