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The Staggerford Flood

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  40 reviews
In The Staggerford Flood, Jon Hassler brings back Agatha McGee and reunites other favorite characters from his award-winning Staggerford novels. When a flood hits Staggerford and neighboring towns, Agatha McGee's house on the highest hill in town becomes a refuge for seven female neighbors, friends, and former students for three days and three nights. This deluge of old an ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Plume Books (first published 2002)
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Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finishing this on the day I started it wasn't only partly because it was only 200 pages, but more attributable to these beloved characters and Hassler's lovely prose. This is now my tenth Jon Hassler novel and unlike the recent reads by Binchy and Tyler, Hassler did not disappoint at all. There were just very brief passages within where he was recapping the lives of characters in the first Staggerford novel and those in subsequent tales.

The oh so unforgettable Lottie and Leland mad a return vis
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought I had read all of Hassler's books, but was delighted to find this one at a library book sale.

This short novel brings together eight women from high school age to their 80's who stay together during a flood. They are quirky, outlandishly flawed, and start out having no idea what they mean to each other.

It's hard to explain the attraction they have for me, but at my age - 70 - I have old friends and new friends and in between that mean so much to me. Yet they can irritate me, as Lillia
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I put off reading this because it is the second last and I can't bear the thought of finishing them. It was just wonderful. Nothing much happens, but it is a wonderful exploration of people, old friends, relationships.
Nancy Bandusky
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found an advanced reader copy from years ago and recently read it. This is an enjoyable novel involving an elderly lady, a bunch of friends, and a flood that traps them together. I particularly liked the religion that was interspersed throughout the story.
Randall J.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Continuity error upon continuity error in this. Seems like a book written for Hassler fans and yet his timeline of events is so all over the place, it actually ruins the reading experience. Beyond that, a pleasant, largely forgettable novel. Not nearly on par with Hassler's best work.
Judy Evenson
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I understand JH is a well recognized MN author but this read like a 1950s newspaper post as to who went to whose house for Sunday dinner. A bit like garrison keilor but without the humor. Won't be recommending it to others
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What a joy to read a Jon Hassler novel again!
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok

I'm a sucker for natural disaster stories, and so, when I saw the title and the cover image of a farmhouse perched on high ground amidst rising floodwaters, I was immediately intrigued. Clearly, this is meant to be a character-driven novel, using a 100-year flood as a backdrop while residents of a small town in rural Minnesota bond with one another while taking refuge from a historic flood at the home of one of the town's most venerable elderly citizens. Over four days and nights, trapped inside
Jul 05, 2008 rated it liked it
This novel is apparently, the latest in a series of novels by Hassler about a fictional town in Minnesota. It reads sort of like something that Garrison Kiellor might say in his tales of Lake Woebegone. An eighty year old lady, Agatha, lives in a large house on the highest point in Staggerford. A spring flood inundates much of the town. Agatha invites some old friends and some new friends into her house to wait for the waters to fall. Everyone mentioned in the story is a character. Eight women ...more
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
This book did not hold nearly the charm that the first Staggerford book held. It could be that the first book definitely seemed to have a driving purpose, but the only purpose for this book seemed to be to get some characters from previous books together. And while it does this, there seems to be nothing happening once they are together.

Except...the only thing that actually happens (other than the flood) is that Agatha tells a whopper of a lie (for good reason, of course). This seems totally out
Florence Primrose
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Agatha, an elderly woman, has hardly been out of her house in Staggerford six months due to poor health. But, Staggerford is hit by a huge flood and only Agatha's house on high ground isn't flooded. So, Lucille, her former neighbor, who comes daily, her unhappy unpleasant daughter, Imogene, plus Beverly who lived with Agatha in high school come to stay. Also coming is her young friend, Janet, and her daughter, Sara, the new funeral director and Calista from a neighboring town. Although Agatha be ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
You're familiar with the concept. Some event, in this case a flood, forces a diverse group of folks to spend several days together and this time causes them to bond, share secrets, and grow. Only, in this book, the bonding is questionable, there were very few secrets to share and none that were interesting, and the growth was negligible. Moreover, not only were most of the characters uninteresting, several were just plain unlikable for no apparent reason. It's possible that if I had read any of ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An unprecedented flood immobilizes a northern Minnesota town (this sounds strangely familiar). Only the house belonging to 80-year-old Agatha McGee, Jon Hassler's most enduring character, is high enough to avoid being flooded by the Badbattle River. Agatha provides a refuge for seven other women, ranging from a teenager to a couple of her fellow senior citizens.
I hope if I'm ever stranded by a flood with seven other people they'll be more interesting than the characters in this book.
"The Stagger
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like all of Jon Hassler's novels. He is a smart writer with interesting characters and other than a couple of swear words, they are clean.

This book is about a flood in the town of Staggerford, Minnesota. Agatha (age 80) has a home that is built on a higher plain than all the other homes around her, so when the flood comes her home is the safe one. She ends up with a myriad of characters who move in with her for a few days until they can get back to their own homes. Each of these characters has
Jennifer Hughes
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
A disappointing sequel in what is a wonderful series in my memory. I had a hard time being motivated to even finish. The characters are flat, the plot boring. Details that are seemingly important are dropped later. It felt like Jon Hassler had to come up with a way to keep paying his mortgage, so he thought he'd try to cash in once more on his original beloved series. Sorry, it just didn't work.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a quick and relaxing read with a multitude of characters and stories. Once again, after finishing a book, I learn it is a sequel. I suspect it would have been easier to keep all the characters straight if I had read the previous books in the series.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a nice continuation of the character of Agatha McGee and friends. Recommended mostly for those who have read earlier Staggerford books, who will very much enjoy this new one. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reading
It was wonderful to spend time with Agatha McGee again. (Hassler introduced her in A Green Journey.)
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Elderly woman gathers people around her to get them away from the flood. Her house is on high ground.
Agatha McGee, 80 years old.
Oct 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: mn-authors
A little lighter than some of his others. Very good.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Fun to read to catch up on everyone in Staggerford, but not as richly developed as the previous books in the series.
Disappointing fourth book in Hassler's Staggerford series. Plot is thin and too many characters pass through this very short novel. Agatha behaves out of character.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it liked it
This shorter novel concerned story more than character, and while I enjoyed it I did not love it.
Karenmort Mort
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it
An ok book...
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Disappointing to this Hassler fan.
Not much of a story, and even familiar characters seem flat and tiresome in this novel.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, book-club
Characters from most of Hassler's books are stranded at Agatha McGee's house during a flood. We have the opportunity to find out how lives have progressed and where they are headed.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I write this long after reading the book. I don't remember it.
Maureen M
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: minnesota
I picked this up at the library the week after Hassler died and read it and North of Hope in a week or so. I loved them and regretted not having read more of his work in his lifetime.
Marcella Johnson
I read this book years ago, but I remember it being a "feel good" story.
Sharon Collins
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My second Jon Hassler book. A later chapter in the life of Agatha McGee. Delightful ... I like the people.
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Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, but spent his formative years in the small Minnesota towns of Staples and Plainview, where he graduated from high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. John's University in 1955. While teaching English at three different Minnesota high schools, he received his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of North Dakota in ...more