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A sparkling debut set in Mark Twain's boyhood town, Flood is a story of what it means to be lost . . . and found.Laura Brooks fled her hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, ten years ago after a historic flood and personal heartbreak. Now she's returned unannounced, and her family and friends don't know what to make of it. She says she's just home for a brief visit and her high-school reunion, but she's carrying too much luggage for that: literal and metaphorical. Soon Laura is embroiled in small-town affairs--the contentious divorce of her rowdy best friend Rose; the campaign of her twelve-year-old godson, Bobby, to become the town's official Tom Sawyer; and the renewed interest of the man Laura once thought she'd marry, Sammy McGuire. Leaving town when she was eighteen had been Laura's only option.

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Melissa Scholes Young

Melissa Scholes Young was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's beloved? boyhood home. She's lived a lot of places since she left, but Hannibal is still her hometown.

Her writing has been published in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Poets & Writers, Narrative, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. She's a Contributing Editor at Fiction Writers Review and Editor of an anthology of D.C. Women Writers, Grace in Darkness.

Melissa Scholes Young writes now from Washington, D.C. where she teaches College Writing and Creative Writing at American University. Her debut novel, FLOOD, is available from Center Street, a division of the Hachette Book Group.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, kids, and a chocolate labrador named Huckleberry Finn.

Follow her on Twitter: @mscholesyoung
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissascholesyoung/
Website: http://www.melissascholesyoung.com

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