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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – February 27, 2001
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But the reason this book appealed to me so much was primarily due to Neighbor Dorothy, the first character we meet and the one whose spirit hovers over the entire story.Read more ›
The novel switches back and forth between the present, the 1970's, and the past, the 1930's and 1940's. Dena Nordstrom is a famous television personality of the 1970's, almost akin to what Oprah Winfrey is for us today. She's' highly respected and well-loved by her many fans. She brings ratings to her television network, and everyone just loves her. She lives in New York, lives a fast life of parties and liquor and all the trappings that come with being a famous celebrity.
Then we switch to the 1930's and 40's. We see Dena's roots, where she came from. We get them in pieces, in short scenes, because Dena herself does not know too much about her childhood or about where she came from. Her mother was a mystery to her, and she knows hardly anything about her. All she knows is that she once loved her mother very much, but somewhere along the way she stopped loving her.
The scenes of the 1930's and 40's take place in a small country town called Elmwood Springs, Missouri. To modern day Dena Nordstrom, this is hicktown. She has no desire in going back home. Fannie Flagg paints a quaint, wonderful little town where everyone knows everyone else, and there is not one secret in town that nobody knows. However, the biggest secret is something that no one knew, because Dena's mother chose to keep it secret.
Dena has troubles sleeping and soon is forced to see a psychiatrist to help. She starts with one psychiatrist, Gerry, but he soon sends her off to another one, a friend of his, Dr. Diggers.Read more ›
While I initially coudln't like the heroine, Dena, very much, Flagg fleshes her out by going into her past and surrounding her with truly lovable characters who get you to see the sweet person Dena really is. All of the supporting characters are memorable, including the villains, whose lesser traits are explained through Flaggs' narrative. You don't love them, but you understand why they do what they do.
Fannie Flagg is a great observer of human motivation, and has a fabulous sense of humour. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl is a novel you will enjoy and not be able to forget for a long time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
read by the author. Ok read, not too exciting, but small town tale of various town folk. Probably would not re-read. (listen), but never know. She puts her words together well. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Herbalist
I read everything written by Fannie Flagg and haven't been disappointed yet!Published 19 days ago by Rio Delta Wild
I thought that the beginning was too wordy and dragged a bit. But when the investigations began, I was more intrigued. I ultimately enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Linda K. Hausman
As some others have commented, there was almost too much jumping around on this one. The latter part of the book taking place in Washington seemed to go into too much detail and... Read morePublished 23 days ago by vmstitches
Wonderful plot. Fannie Flagg has written a moving and comical story that grabs you from the start.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
THIS IS WRITTEN BY FAANIE FLAGG. NO MORE TO SAY.IT IS A GREAT RED.Published 2 months ago by glen johnson
Another delightful romp through a memorable cast of charactersPublished 3 months ago by kate sherrill