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  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739327364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739327364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 theater.

She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and A Redbird Christmas.

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.

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"Flagg is a writer of great warmth and wisdom... A richly imagined family saga" (Kate Saunders The Times)

"More heart than a shopful of Valentine cards and some absolutely wonderful characters... A warm, funny riff on family and identity" (Wendy Holden Daily Mail)

"Wonderfully entertaining" (Sainsbury's Magazine)

"Good fun... Southern manners, indomitable broads, smelling salts and rip-roaring adventure" (Optima Magazine)

"A wonderfully warm and moving read" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The hilarious, feisty new novel from the internationally bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Jenkinson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
Yet another delightfully heart-warming book from Fannie Flagg. All her trademarks are here, her tried and tested formula of going back and forth in time, following different stories that gradually come together until all threads are tied up, some quirky characters, lots of humour and tenderness and empathy but also a willingness to confront the darker side of life. A formula, maybe, but one that works and makes her a perennially wonderful writer to sink into.
The two story threads in this her latest book follow Sookie Poole in Alabama, someone Flagg's regular readers will know well from previous books, and four sisters in Pulaski, Wisconsin who end up having to run a petrol station by themselves when their father becomes ill and their brother goes off to the Second World War. At first it's difficult to see how these disparate strands can come together, but inevitably and convincingly they do, and surprise follows surprise as the story unfolds.
As ever, Fannie Flagg roots her characters in time and place and in this book we learn about domestic life after the outbreak of war and about the WASPs, American women who were the first ones to fly planes for the military but about whom little is remembered these days.
So this book has everything - wonderfully colourful characters, historical events, adventure, family love and heartbreak, twists and turns that are always surprising and a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable tale. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on 1 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What a brilliant book. Loved every minute of it and it finished way too quickly.
This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. The characters are beautifully portrayed and totally believable, and I recognised someone I knew in most of the main characters.
I particularly enjoyed Sookie coming to terms with her Polish heritage as compared with the "WASP" background she thought she came from.....thoughts that in any other context would be racist but here were just hilarious - as were the lengths she went to to hide her appointments with Dr Shapiro.
I learned a lot of stuff I didn't know about the role of women fliers in the USA in WW2 and the characters were again true to their roles - although there is a surprise at the end that I really didn't expect!
All in all this was an excellent read and I would hihghly recommend it to everyone
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms Spinster on 1 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love Fannie Flagg I totally get her humour and the way she highlights that ordinary people have the potential to make people laugh and also the fact that none of us is ordinary and everyone is extraordinary. I also love the way she always adds that touch of sadness, that sting that makes the story that much more memorable because in engages all our emotions.
I found Sookie so warm and funny, her mother hilarious and driven, her husband a man who obviously saw the benefit of having a wife who makes him laugh everyday rather than a beauty queen. Her devotion to her family was beautiful and unconditional.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Caveat: I've long been an unabashed fan of the irrepressible Fannie Flagg so this review will be a positive one. Ever since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café I ve found her work not only enjoyable but irresistible. Same goes for The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion but with an added plus as it's read by Ms. Flagg herself - what a joy to hear the story told in her own voice!

Having seen the last of her daughters walk down the aisle Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, anticipates rest, relaxation and perhaps a trip with her husband, Earle. There's only one obstacle in her way and that is a formidable one - her mother, 88-year-old Lenore Simmons Krackenberry who is quick with criticism, frequently mentions her expectations of Sookie, while constantly poking her nose into Sookie's life. This is all very easy for Lenore to do as she lives just two houses away.

Sometimes help comes in a surprising way - for Sookie it came in the form of a mysterious phone call telling her she is not who she thinks she is, not at all a Southern belle nor the daughter of the overbearing Lenore but the offspring of a Polish unwed mother named Fritzi.

This unexpected news disorients Sookie to the extent that it takes her some time to tell her children she is adopted. Then Flagg flashes back in time to a small Wisconsin town where Fritzi's father is an immigrant. It's a town full of hard working Polish folk - men who farm and women who keep immaculate houses. Fritzi's sisters know no fear so they all learn to fly from a barnstorming pilot. During World War II they join the WASPs. Fritzi loves the pilot who taught her to fly but marriage is not anywhere on his agenda.

A return to the present brings us back to Sookie who looks for her real mother. Anyone who has read a Flagg book knows there will be a happy ending, and what fun it is getting there.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.Freeman on 8 April 2014
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As ever, Fannie Flagg gives us likeable characters, a to-and-fro-in-time plot and some nice, surprising twists. This story is just a little too heavy on the 'agenda' for my liking - it's clear that the way that America's female wartime pilots were treated is something of a preoccupation with the author, and while I understand this, it does rather dominate the story. Still a good and uplifting tale, but I don't think I'll read it over and over again as I have some of Fannie Flagg's other novels.
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