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Jun 22

Series Saturday - Author Edition Fannie Flagg!

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM by Lindsey Kult

The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

This week’s Series Saturday is not about a series at all! It’s about author Fannie Flagg and her books. These books are mostly stand alone, but occasionally they reference characters from other books. Fannie Flagg is another staff favorite, for good reason! She tends to be a perfect read for summer or vacations. She’s got humor, heart, and a touch of drama that will keep your interest from page 1 to the last page! As staff member Sharlynne said, “She covers some deep topics, but you’re enjoying her plot so much you don’t realize it until you’re done!”

Genre:

Adult Fiction, Women's Fiction, Southern Fiction

Location in Howard Miller:

Adult Fiction, AF FLAGG

Setting: 

Southern States - Often Alabama and Missouri

Books and their plots: 

I realize that "Meet the Characters" doesn't work with an author edition of this blog - whoops! So I will try to summarize Fannie Flagg's style with summaries* of her plots: 
  •  Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man - A journey to the South that only Southerners know, to a time when "Blue Velvet" was played at the Senior Prom, and into the life of Daisy Fay Harper. Daisy is a sassy, truth-telling heroine who just can't stay out of trouble. What's more, she tells us everything. 
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - It's first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Treadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women -- of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Care Wobegon offering good barbeque and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. 
  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl - A novel spanning late 1940s small-town America and the New York media world of the 1970s. It tells the story of a television interviewer with emotional and drink problems who was abandoned as a teenager by her mother. Elmwood Springs Book 1 
  • Standing in the Rainbow - Meet the unforgettable residents of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, in a story that captures the humorous and complex realities of ordinary people, including Neighbor Dorothy, a radio hostess, and her wayward son Bobby, the Oatman Family gospel singers, and hotshot salesman Hamm Sparks. Elmwood Springs Book 2
  • A Redbird Christmas - A short and poignant Christmas story for all the family. Oswald T. Campbell, aged 52, down-and-out in a Chicago winter, is only given months to live unless he moves South. He finds himself in the small town of Lost River, Alabama, amongst all its eccentric but friendly residents. 
  • 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? Elmwood Springs Book 3
  • I Still Dream of You - Though her friends think Maggie has the perfect life, she's actually perfectly miserable. The former Miss Alabama is worried about how her life has turned out - she's given up on her dream of living in a beautiful home like Crestview, and instead is a real estate agent in Birmingham. But just when Maggie begins to wonder if there's much point in going on, her life takes a wild turn, and she finds herself catapulted into one surprising discovery after the next. As Maggie learns valuable lessons about the nature of friendship, the challenges of modern life, and the dangers of impossible dreams, she starts to see how much more there is to life than what can be listed in a Miss Alabama bio. 
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Mrs. Sookie Pool 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-Girls Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration in her own life.
  • The Whole Town's Talking - Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. "Resting place" turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking. Elmwood Springs Book 4
*Summaries taken from Fantastic Fiction or GoodReads

Final Word: 

Fannie Flagg's flare for humor and just enough drama comes from a lifelong affair with the written word. Fannie Flagg has been writing, acting, and producing plays/films since she was 19! She didn't write her first novel until she was 37 - that's when her career actually took off. Fannie Flagg has a talent for weaving past and present in her plots. So while these books are exactly historical fiction, you get a taste of that genre while you read. All of her books feature strong female heroines who are experiencing some crazy stuff, but are still relatable!