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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Flying Cutterbucks by Kathleen M. Rodgers is a women-centric drama novel that follows three women whose fates irrevocably changed after a traumatic event in their lives. It's 2016. Trudy watches with horror as the man admitting to groping women without their consent on record becomes the President of the United States. The shocking result of the election transports her decades back to that fateful day in 1974 when she was a witness to her thirteen-year-old sister, Georgia, being assaulted by a heinous relative. Trudy, Georgia, and their Aunt Star kept the aftermath of that event a secret for all these decades. However, with the current political climate, the memories came flooding back. Meanwhile, Trudy reunites with her old high school sweetheart, Clay Cordova.
An absorbing story about sisterhood and trauma, The Flying Cutterbucks is full of heart, humor, romance, and much more. Author Kathleen M. Rodgers doesn't shy away from delving into some sensitive topics that have become increasingly relevant in our era. Issues such as child abuse, trauma, and incompetent and corrupt people in positions of power are seamlessly woven into the narrative, adding a sense of depth to the story that makes it all the more captivating to read. The plot is non-linear as the narrative switches timelines between 1974 and 2016. I found the characters genuine and authentic. Their distinct traits and idiosyncracies charm their way into your heart and make you root for them. If you love women-centric character dramas, The Flying Cutterbucks is the book for you.