The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flag

the all girls filling station's ;ast reuniun, Fannie Flag, Book Journey

I have mentioned I am reading a bit lighter than normal and if you know Fannie Flag, that sure fits the bill although I admit to be pleasantly surprised by learning a thing or two while listening to this book.  ~ Sheila

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Alabama has just married off the last of her daughters.  Now the biggest task on her agenda is dealing with the pesky blue birds.  Well, that and her mother the center of her own universe, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry.

When a certified letter arrives at Sookie’s home revealing a secret her mother had kept from her, Sookie’s world is turned upside down.  Everything she thought was true has turned out to be a cover up and now it is up to Sookie to decide what to do with this new information.

I think most of us may recognize the name Fannie Flag from her popular book made into a movie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.  If you know the book/movie you may recall it is a combination of a great story with a wicked twist of humor entwined.  In fact, just writing about it here makes me want to watch the movie.  This is what drew me to this book, I felt if it was anything like Fried Green Tomatoes I would like it.

I liked it.

Listening to this book on audio with narration by Fannie Flag herself was a real treat.  The characters are delightful and the way that Fannie Flag brings them to life in a humorous tone made the enjoyment of this listen all the more.

Sookie is a fun protagonist.  She wants to be stronger and more independent but she is just not.  When she discovers she is not who she thought she was it sets off a series of events that are what make up this book.  I enjoyed listening to this one with the quirky inhabitants of Sookies world.  Beyond that, there is an interesting back story that runs along in alternating chapters that involves the WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots) created in 1942.  I can not tell you how the two stories combine, that is the beauty of this book, but I can tell you that it is a delight to listen to.

I really enjoyed this audio and learning about the WASPS.  If you enjoyed Fried Green Tomatoes I think you will enjoy this one as well.  A good mix of humor, southern living, and a twist of historical reference.


13 thoughts on “The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flag

  1. I loved Fried Green Tomatoes (book and movie, which is rare for me to love both) and I have this on my wishlist. I don’t know if any of her titles can top FGT, but glad you enjoyed it and must’ve been fun listening to her narrate it.

  2. I watched Fried Green Tomatoes years ago but haven’t read any of her books. I’ve had my eye on this one though and your review makes me think I’d really enjoy the book.

  3. I think this one will go on TBR list with a star. I remember about the Wasps but mostly about the waves. There was an army corp also but I don’t remember the name.

  4. I always love Fannie Flagg and learn a little something. I bet it’s great with her narrating it, too. I keep remembering her from that game show Match Game when I was a really little kid. I thought she was pretty old then, but I guess I was wrong!

  5. I do love Fried Greens Tomatoes and you can always count on Flagg to give you something light, but not too light, with a heart.

  6. I enjoyed Friend Green Tomatoes (although I’ve not seen the film) and this book was recently added to my wishlist. Glad to hear you enjoyed it – I must check it out!

  7. This book is so good, we went out and bought a hard cover for my daughter in law after I read the ARC.

  8. The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion would brighten any day. I am putting it on my Rainy Day TBR when I need something cheerful to read.

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