The Flying Cutterbucks

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What to expect

Decades ago, Trudy, Georgia, and Aunt Star formed a code of silence to protect each other from an abusive man who terrorized their family. One act of solidarity long ago lives with them still. With the election of a president who brags about groping women without their consent, old wounds and deep secrets come alive again, forcing hard truths to be told and even harder truths to be left to the dead.

On the outskirts of Pardon, New Mexico, Trudy returns to her mother, Jewel, to navigate an old house filled with haunting mementos of her father who went missing in action over North Vietnam. As she helps her mother sift through the memories and finally lay her father to rest, Trudy will do her own soul searching to say goodbye to the dead and find her way along with the other women in her family, and through the next election.

Critics Review

  • “A rousing, timely novel of hope and solidarity among women in a family wounded by the tragedy of war and the trauma of sexual assault.”

    Kathleen Kent, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Readers will laugh and cry along with The Flying Cutterbucks as the women try their darndest to heal old hurts while remaining open to new adventures.”

    Karen Spears Zacharias, Gold Star daughter and author of After the Flag has been Folded
  • “When the history of this time is written, Rodgers will be one of those novelists who wasn’t afraid to talk about what the late 2010s was really like.”

    Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama

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