From the acclaimed author of The Wilder Sisters comes this bittersweet, deeply moving story of four displaced women who unite to run a flower farm, heal their hearts, and real- ize the depth and necessity of friendship.
Phoebe Thomas has lived life as a spectator, confined to a wheelchair, in awe of her beloved Aunt Sadie and overshadowed by her financial wizard brother, James. But when Sadie dies, leaving her a flower farm, the world opens up to Phoebe in ways she could never have imagined. Taking in three roommates to help get the farm running, she finds herself, for the first time in her life, part of a close circle of woman friends. Each displaced from her home, these four women form an invaluable bond as they help one another learn to change their lives. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of California's central coast, Bad Girl Creek is the inspiring story of how friendship and purpose can transform even the most compromised of women, as well as situations. With her rich, melodic prose and charming wit, Jo-Ann Mapson enchantingly chronicles female strength, family complexities, life crises, the use of humor as a curative power, and love in all its many aspects. Bad Girl Creek is a breathless and pitch-perfect tragicomedy of female friendship in the new American West.
Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of eight novels. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at the University of Alaska, and lives with her husband and four dogs in Anchorage, Alaska, where she is at work on a new novel. Visit her at www.joannmapson.com.
USA Today A valentine to oceans of good women who survive bad beginnings and worse men.
Los Angeles Times Mapson [shows us] the world as we hope it is -- a world in which flawed people can be basically healthy, and even pain has a richness to it.
Anchorage Daily News "Hard is the heart that loveth naught in May" is a Chaucer quote in the journal kept by Phoebe's aunt. Same goes for the reader unmoved by Mapson's latest tale of redemption and pluck.
The Albany (New York) Times Union All too often in the nonfiction world, people find themselves isolated from friends in their youth. But in Bad Girl Creek, the characters create the world they want to live in -- a wonderful place to curl up in and read on.