The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flag
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 A good mix of humor, southern living, and a twist of historical reference.
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- Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:11-05-13
- Publisher: Random House Audio