USA Today called Jo-Ann Mapson's national bestseller Bad
Girl Creek "a valentine to oceans of good women who survive
bad beginnings and worse men." Now the author, hailed
as "one of the most gifted writers of the contemporary
urban West" (Los Angeles Times), brings back the hard-luck
women of her acclaimed previous novel -- and introduces
another indelible character into their midst.
After finally wising up to her drunken rodeo crooner lover,
Mary Madigan saddles up her twin border collies and takes
her act on the road, leaving miles of heartache and highway
behind. When she meets Rick, a charming and persistent
journalist haunted by his own ghosts, she suddenly has a
travel companion and a new lover (with an all-too-familiar
set of tricks).
Their travels ultimately bring them to Bad Girl Creek,
where the waters have already been troubled. Phoebe's
pregnancy is life-threatening, Nance's break-up diet has
turned dangerously successful, Beryl is still struggling to
adjust to life after prison, and HIV-positive Ness is
distancing herself from the "healthy" world -- if you can
call it that.
But these are the Bad Girl Creek ladies: they are
resilient. The ways they pull together, cheer each other on
through good times and bad, and cope with every curve life
throws at them make up the heart and soul of this powerful
and big-hearted novel.