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Starred Review. Returning to Elmwood Springs, Mo., (where her sprawling 2002 novel, Standing in the Rainbow, chronicled the small town's inhabitants over five decades), Flagg keeps this outing much more tightly-focused; most of the novel takes place over a few days. Octogenarian Elner Shimfissle falls off a ladder after accidentally disturbing a hornets' nest while picking figs. After she dies at the hospital, the novel's bite-size chapters alternate between funny and touching vignettes showing how Elner's death and life has affected dozens of people in town, interspersed with scenes of Elner's laugh-out-loud assent into the hereafter. From there, the plot offers readers a series of delightful surprises. Perhaps Flagg's funniest novel since her debut, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, she's created a charming, life-affirming tale and a full cast of memorable characters, including Elner's late sister, Ida, who greets her in heaven still carrying her purse and a grudge about the bad hair styling she got for her funeral. Flagg is an expert at balancing pathos with plenty of Southern sass, and this could very well be the feel-good read of the summer.
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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theatre. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, A Redbird Christmas and I Still Dream About You. Flagg's script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Heartwarming, insightful and uplifting! Well written! Elner Schimfissele is a delight! Wish she was my neighbor! Will try the cake recipe!Published 17 hours ago by Francine Lopez
Light summer reading. Fanny Flagg has a way of writing that keeps the reader's interest at a "read one more chapter before I put it down" level.Published 21 days ago by Reviewer
I love Fannie Flagg, and thoroughly enjoyed this book on cd. Her voice adds to her stories.Published 1 month ago by Amy Harris
honestly, I thought this was going to be depressing when I first stared reading, but it developed into a thoughtful and sometimes humorous story.Published 1 month ago by Deb Miller
Ms Flagg's characters continue to take the reader along on their journey, as she weaves their lives around one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by salburkles
I really love this book, How it show that heaven was just like home and then she when back there. She is a great writer. I love to read her books.Published 2 months ago by wanda lariviere
This is a nice escape book and a visit with friends as well. Enjoyable from beginning to end.Published 2 months ago by debbie childers
Possibly one of my all time faves! I am an avid reader and I love most all topics and authors but I was laughing and laughing non stop with this one! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Swiley
Fanny Flagg has a natural gift for story telling. You fall in love with her characters. I have read all of her books and love them all.Published 2 months ago by Shelia King