The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.
Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family's filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.
Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America's 20th-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is another irresistible audiobook by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.
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- MissSusie66 "MissSusie"
Now I'm awaiting the NEXT Fannie Flagg novel....
I love Fannie Flagg's approach to life, the characters she includes could well be in my own family and the neighborhood where I grew up. Besides delightful characters and situations, I loved the historical settings.
Maeve Binchy's books are similar in scope. Believable story in a realistic setting. Wonderfully diverse characters.
I believe this is the first story I've heard which was narrated by Fannie Flagg, herself. At first, I thought the voice sounded too old for some of the characters, but I adapted quickly. I've read or listened to everything Fannie Flagg has published. The characters and story in this title did not disappoint. The historical context is very important, as a bit of "womens' rights" during and after WW2 are a large part of the story. Many of us are unaware of the many separate battles women have faced in gaining their fair share of salary, position, etc.
Of course, I was always waiting to see what would happen next.
I broke out in spontaneous laughter over many situations and comments. This book left me feeling happy. I don't need any "downer" literature! And I'm absolutely sick of all the vampire and science fiction mysteries. I wish they would have their own special category so I wouldn't have to trudge thru them in a search for new titles.
- Rio Delta Wild "I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling."