Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?Life is the... show more
Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: June 19th 2007
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 375
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
Series: Elmwood Springs (#3)
There's something about Fannie Flagg's writing that is comforting. I like how she can write stereotypical characters and not be patronizing. It's not for everyone, but for cozy Southern Americana, it's a safe bet.
funny, touching, totally different kind of story. I really never knew what might happen next.
I don't even believe in heaven, but this just a fun, playful book that's easy to read and has some fun secrets along the way. A nice feel-good read, if you're not looking for stellar literature.