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Publisher's Summary

Good news! Fannie Flagg's back in town - and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her 10-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination. And we meet Norma and Macky Warren and their 98-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the "little blind songbird"; Cecil Figgs, the "funeral king", and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future. Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."
©2002 Willina Lane Productions Inc.; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
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Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration by the Author or Authors, 2003
"Everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Fran on 12-22-02

Standing in the Rainbow

A wonderful, old-timey feel-good flavor with an ultimate affection for each character

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By Mary B. on 08-31-03

Utterly Charming

I didn't want the book to end. I loved all the characters in the book. And also enjoyed listening to Miss Flagg's reading of her book.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By H. Tollyfield on 10-21-06

The book of gold at the end of the rainbow

I think it is impossible to read or hear this book read without feeling better about life; and Fannie Flagg's reading brings out the very best - things to smile and laugh at, things to think about and things to make you feel sad. But throughout, the atmosphere of a mid-west small-town community, which may never have existed except in American mythology, in which people are accepted and cared for, no matter who they are or what their excentricities, just makes you wish you had been there.
Please may we have more of Fannie Flagg's works on Audible - perhaps 'Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlstop Cafe' or 'Welcome To The World Baby Girl' (Which also features Neighbour Dorothy, her family and neighbours).

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By melisa on 11-04-15

Beautifully read by the author

No idea why it has this title, or jacket image as they don't seem to relate to this extraordinary book (loosely based around two Missouri families) at all. If you liked Steel Magnolias or enjoy Garrison Keillor or James Wicox you will love this - it transports you to a time and place that is utterly eccentric and comical and yet unsentimentally moving. Just so quirky and unusual, uplifting, hilarious, lyrical - why hasn't it been made into a film like Fried Green Tomatoes?

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