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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade (29 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812977173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812977172
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,420,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
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"Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life ... If all the self-help books that promote ways to "find yourself" were stacked in an enormous pile ... none would approach the sweet wisdom with which Flagg infuses "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion." And neither could they match the author's essential kindness, nor her unwavering tenderness toward and belief in humanity, despite all its foibles and foolishness. She understands, but she does so with love."--The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride ... A charming story written with wit and empathy ... just the right blend of history and fiction."--Kirkus Reviews
"Flagg's storytelling talent is on full display. Her trademark quirky characters are warm and realistic, and the narrative switches easily between the present and the past. Flagg's fans won't be disappointed in this one, and there's a lot to be said for giving tribute to the real-life WASPs...Great possibilities for nonfiction pairings abound for book clubs."--Booklist
"Yet again, Flagg delivers a book full of heartwarming charm that is sure to provoke lighthearted laughter. A complex story told simply and honestly ... another treat for Flagg fans."--Library Journal
"Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can't wait for her next book."--Carol Burnett
""The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you're looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you."--Kristin Hannah
"An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprisinge

"Flagg [Flagg] spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life. . . . If all the self-help books that promote ways to 'find yourself' were stacked in an enormous pile . . . none would approach the sweet wisdom with which Flagg infuses "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion." And neither could they match the author's essential kindness, nor her unwavering tenderness toward and belief in humanity, despite all its foibles and foolishness. She understands, but she does so with love."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"The kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever . . . There are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. . . . A charming story written with wit and empathy . . . just the right blend of history and fiction."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Flagg's storytelling talent is on full display. Her trademark quirky characters are warm and realistic, and the narrative switches easily between the present and the past. Flagg's fans won't be disappointed in this one, and there's a lot to be said for giving tribute to the real-life WASPs. . . . Great possibilities for nonfiction pairings abound for book clubs."--"Booklist"
"Yet again, Flagg delivers a book full of heartwarming charm that is sure to provoke lighthearted laughter. A complex story told simply and honestly . . . another treat for Flagg fans."--"Library Journal"
"Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can't wait for her next book."--Carol Burnett
""The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you're looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book fo

"A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, and characters who live forever in a grateful reader's world. Fannie Flagg keeps getting better and better. "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion "proves it."--Pat Conroy
"Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life. . . . If all the self-help books that promote ways to 'find yourself' were stacked in an enormous pile . . . none would approach the sweet wisdom with which Flagg infuses "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion." And neither could they match the author's essential kindness, nor her unwavering tenderness toward and belief in humanity, despite all its foibles and foolishness. She understands, but she does so with love."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"It's Flagg's pleasure to hit her characters with several happy endings, but the real happiness is that she's given us another lovable--and quirky--novel.""--The Washington Post"
"Flagg is at her South-skewering best. . . . A chuckle-while-reading book."--"The Mobile Press-Register"
"The kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever . . . There are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. . . . A charming story written with wit and empathy . . . just the right blend of history and fiction."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Flagg's storytelling talent is on full display. Her trademark quirky characters are warm and realistic, and the narrative switches easily between the present and the past. Flagg's fans won't be disappointed in this one, and there's a lot to be said for giving tribute to the real-life WASPs. . . . Great possibilities for nonfiction pairings abound for book clubs."--"Booklist"
"Yet again, Flagg delivers a book full of heartwarming charm that is sure to provoke lighthearted laughter. A complex story told simply and honestly . . . another treat for Flagg fans."--"Library Journal"
"Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can't wait for her next book."--Carol Burnett
""The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you're looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you."--Kristin Hannah
"An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II."--Beth Hoffman
"Sly and funny, and a delight from beginning to end. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, until night falls and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet around you."--Sarah Addison Allen
""The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel. With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights."--Edward Kelsey Moore
"There is no novelist better at exploring the sunny side of the American soul than Fannie Flagg. Her books cast a marvelous spell--one minute I'm laughing, the next minute a lump in my throat, and then a sad smile with a rush of deep feeling. "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" is charming, funny, and deeply satisfying."--Mark Childress, author of "Crazy in Alabama "and "Georgia Bottom"

"From the Hardcover edition."

A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, and characters who live forever in a grateful reader s world. Fannie Flagg keeps getting better and better. "The All-Girl Filling Station s Last Reunion "proves it. Pat Conroy
Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life. . . .If all the self-help books that promote ways to find yourself were stacked in an enormous pile . . .none would approach the sweet wisdom with which Flagg infuses "The All-Girl Filling Station s Last Reunion." And neither could they match the author s essential kindness, nor her unwavering tenderness toward and belief in humanity, despite all its foibles and foolishness. She understands, but she does so with love. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
It s Flagg s pleasure to hit her characters with several happy endings, but the real happiness is that she s given us another lovable and quirky novel. " The Washington Post"
Flagg is at her South-skewering best. . . . A chuckle-while-reading book. "The Mobile Press-Register"
The kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever . . . There are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades. "Publishers Weekly"
Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. . . .A charming story written with wit and empathy . . .just the right blend of history and fiction. "Kirkus Reviews"
Flagg s storytelling talent is on full display. Her trademark quirky characters arewarm and realistic, and the narrative switches easily between the present and the past. Flagg s fans won t be disappointed in this one, and there s a lot to be said for giving tribute to the real-life WASPs. . . .Great possibilities for nonfiction pairings abound for book clubs. "Booklist"
Yet again, Flagg delivers a book full of heartwarming charm that is sure to provoke lighthearted laughter. A complex story told simply and honestly . . .another treat for Flagg fans. "Library Journal"
Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can t wait for her next book. Carol Burnett
"The All-Girl Filling Station s Last Reunion" is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you re looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you. Kristin Hannah
An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II. Beth Hoffman
Sly and funny, and a delight from beginning to end. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, until night falls and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet around you. Sarah Addison Allen
"The All-Girl Filling Station s Last Reunion" has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel. With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights. Edward Kelsey Moore
There is no novelist better at exploring the sunny side of the American soul than Fannie Flagg. Her books cast a marvelous spell one minute I m laughing, the next minute a lump in my throat, and then a sad smile with a rush of deep feeling. "The All-Girl Filling Station s Last Reunion" is charming, funny, and deeply satisfying. Mark Childress, author of "Crazy in Alabama "and "Georgia Bottom"

"From the Hardcover 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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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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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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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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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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This story is written in two time periods, starting in 1941 and 2005 respectively. Once the structure is established, the change overs become quite fluid and seem to flow seamlessly into one another, giving the book a wonderful soft feeling.
I've read several books by this author and loved them all - this one is yet another that I adored, written in her familiar style. She focuses on the characters and makes them all interesting but there is a great plot too.
Here there is added interest with the link to the real women who flew the planes during World War Two. This book truly is a tribute to them, forgotten as they have been by the history books.
The absolute beauty of her books is being able to feel that the characters are real people. Here there is something of me is every character, even though it is not always my best characteristic!
There are still a few Fannie Flagg books that I haven't read but I will be buying then soon.
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About half way through reading this I got one of those Deja Vu moments thinking "Menopausal modern(ish) protagonist with undeservedly low self esteem, slowly gets better, plus another storyline concerning a different era with a younger, livelier heroin; read this before somewhere." and of course I was right, I read FF's Fried Green Tomatoes (etc) just under a year ago.
Here the plot is different enough to not be too formulaic, in fact I don't see a problem in there being something of a formula involved when (as here) it is a good one, after all much of fiction could be so described without being any the worse for it.
Not a challenging read, but I learned a bit about WW2 attitudes on the west side of the Atlantic (particularly those involving women) and there were a few good chuckles along the way. I did enjoy it, and wondered how much fact and fiction were being mixed together.
Perhaps not FF's finest work, but well worth reading.
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