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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – June 19, 2007
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Norma Warren's aunt, Elner Shimfissle, who was a minor character in the other novels set in Elmwood Springs, comes into her own as the main character and the epicenter of an emotional upheaval in the little town.
While picking figs from her tree in the front yard, Elner accidentally disturbs a nest of wasps and is bitten to death. Or is she? Fannie Flagg takes liberal license with the heaven alluded to in the Bible, but it's all in good taste and puts a very personal spin on a place still quite mysterious to the living.
The best thing about this book is the characters, their obvious love for one another, and the close-knit feeling of community that Flagg captures with her razor-sharp wit and endearing charm.
Remember Tot Whooten from the Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop? And Neighbor Dorothy with her fabulous radio show? Macky Warren, Norma's high school sweetheart and husband, and Dena Nordstrom, the cousin who was a high-powered New York executive? These and others have all returned and catching up on their lives is an experience not to be missed.
Along the way, the reader is actually told the meaning of life and given the formula for leading a happy and rewarding one. That's certainly more than I expected when I bought this book.
Another bonus is the yummy recipes mentioned in the book all appear at the end. They sounded so mouth-watering that I have Neighbor Dorothy's Heavenly Caramel Cake in the oven as I type this.
I felt that the author could have expanded upon Elner's journey to Heaven, but was creative with what was written -despite reviewers who are appalled by Flagg's characterization of God. Since none of us know what the afterlife is like (if there is an afterlife), Flagg has made a creative and playful attempt to explain this great mystery of life or the beginning of life in the hereafter.
Loved the book and I recommend it. While the book will certainly not become a great literary classic, it is a nice, easy read for vacation, a plane ride or a weekend by the fire.
Elner, Norma's aunt, was up in the fig tree to get some figs to make a preserve when she disturbed a wasp's nest and got stung and fell off the ladder. This is not the first time she has done that. She has fallen off the ladder other times and drove her niece, Norma, crazy and worried with fear. This time, Elner was knocked out cold. This is just the beginning of an adventure for the townsfolks of Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Elner is taken to Kansas City to the hospital there. Norma and her husband, Macky, followed behind. Ruby and Tots, the local hairdresser takes care of things at Elner's house and the stories just keep on flowing. Bittersweet and heart-warming, it made me, the reader, wish that people would think of me the same way they did Elner. And not only that, it's a reminder to take life a little bit on the easy and slow side because you never know when the last day will come. It may be too late to do all the things you wish you could do or have said.
This book may have a moral to it but it's so wonderfully written. It's a perfect book to read on the front porch drinking your iced tea and relaxing for a day or two. Flagg's writing is always humane and lyrical. You just know these characters as well as you know yourself because you are human as they are. Life doesn't have to be as hard as it sounds ~~ and kicking back once in awhile would do wonders for the soul. Kicking back with this book is definitely the way to do it.
Who knew that so many lives would be affected the day Mrs. Elner Shimfissle fell out of her fig tree and was stung to 'death' by over seventeen wasps? And I just loved meeting up with some of my favorite characters from her previous books 'Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!', and 'Standing in the Rainbow'.
I could sit here all day and write about how wonderful Ms. Flagg's books are, this one in particular (though I do say that after every new Fannie Flagg book I read)...but I won't. All I can tell you is to get out there and read this book as soon as you can get ahold of a copy. You'll laugh-out-loud at Mrs. Elner's quirkiness, and poor Norma's tendency to overreact a bit about EVERYTHING, and all the rest of the colorful towns folk of Elmwood Springs.
Ms. Flagg has a wonderful gift for storytelling, and I just can't recommend her books enough. If you love small town reading, and funny characters, definitely give this a shot. I can't see how anyone couldn't not fall in love with this bunch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story has some funny moments and delightful characters but I found the view of heaven offensive. Yes God loves us but why limit Heaven yo this human, simplistic, utopia? Read morePublished 5 days ago by barb
This is Fannie Flagg........I am biased, but everything she writes is good. This one caught me by surprise. I was thinking one way and she thru me a curve. Good Book.Published 9 days ago by AliceK
This was a great read. Little different but thoroughly enjoyed it. Aunt Elner was a delight. So funny! Give it a try. Am sure you will enjoy it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Squirley Shirley
Nice refreshing reading about the past. I enjoy it, Myrtha salemePublished 17 days ago by Myrtha Saleme
Great read about small town people. Light and happy energy as with all Fannie Flagg stories.Published 18 days ago by Minnie
Have never failed to enjoy every book Fannie Flagg has written, makes one wish they had lived back when there was so little hate in the world and so much love for family and... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Barb. Benthien
I've loved reading every single one of Fannie Flagg's books. My experience started with a shared book from a relative. Read morePublished 29 days ago by esc