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The Staggerford Flood

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  335 Ratings  ·  35 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

Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Plume (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
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.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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