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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion [Format Kindle]

Fannie Flagg
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“A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, and characters who live forever in a grateful reader’s world. Fannie Flagg keeps getting better and better. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion proves it.”—Pat Conroy

“Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life. . . . If all the self-help books that promote ways to ‘find yourself’ were stacked in an enormous pile . . . none would approach the sweet wisdom with which Flagg infuses The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. And neither could they match the author’s essential kindness, nor her unwavering tenderness toward and belief in humanity, despite all its foibles and foolishness. She understands, but she does so with love.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

“It’s Flagg’s pleasure to hit her characters with several happy endings, but the real happiness is that she’s given us another lovable—and quirky—novel.”—The Washington Post

“Flagg is at her South-skewering best. . . . A chuckle-while-reading book.”The Mobile Press-Register

“The kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever . . . There are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades.”Publishers Weekly

“Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. . . . A charming story written with wit and empathy . . . just the right blend of history and fiction.”Kirkus Reviews

“Flagg’s storytelling talent is on full display. Her trademark quirky characters are warm and realistic, and the narrative switches easily between the present and the past. Flagg’s fans won’t be disappointed in this one, and there’s a lot to be said for giving tribute to the real-life WASPs. . . . Great possibilities for nonfiction pairings abound for book clubs.”Booklist

“Yet again, Flagg delivers a book full of heartwarming charm that is sure to provoke lighthearted laughter. A complex story told simply and honestly . . . another treat for Flagg fans.”Library Journal

“Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait for her next book.”—Carol Burnett
 
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you’re looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you.”—Kristin Hannah
 
“An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II.”—Beth Hoffman
 
“Sly and funny, and a delight from beginning to end. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, until night falls and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet around you.”—Sarah Addison Allen
 
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel. With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights.”—Edward Kelsey Moore

“There is no novelist better at exploring the sunny side of the American soul than Fannie Flagg. Her books cast a marvelous spell—one minute I’m laughing, the next minute a lump in my throat, and then a sad smile with a rush of deep feeling. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is charming, funny, and deeply satisfying.”—Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottom


From the Hardcover edition.

Présentation de l'éditeur

The hilarious and heartwarming new novel from the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe



Wisconsin, 1941 – With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men’s work and the All-Girl Filling Station is born, complete with neat little caps, short skirts, and roller-skates. Their peace doesn’t last long though: skilled women are needed to fly planes for the war effort…



Alabama, 2005 – Mrs Sookie Earle has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to putting her feet up. But then one day a package arrives. Its contents knock Sookie sideways, propelling her back to the 1940s, and four irrepressible sisters whose wartime adventures force them to reimagine who they are, and what they are capable of.




‘Flagg is a writer of great warmth and wisdom... A richly imagined family saga’ The Times



‘Wonderful... A warm, funny riff on family and identity' Daily Mail


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE IRREPRESSIBLE FANNIE FLAGG IS BACK! 8 janvier 2014
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Caveat: I’ve long been an unabashed fan of the irrepressible Fannie Flagg so this review will be a positive one. Ever since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café I ve found her work not only enjoyable but irresistible. Same goes for The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion but with an added plus as it’s read by Ms. Flagg herself - what a joy to hear the story told in her own voice!

Having seen the last of her daughters walk down the aisle Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, anticipates rest, relaxation and perhaps a trip with her husband, Earle. There’s only one obstacle in her way and that is a formidable one - her mother, 88-year-old Lenore Simmons Krackenberry who is quick with criticism, frequently mentions her expectations of Sookie, while constantly poking her nose into Sookie’s life. This is all very easy for Lenore to do as she lives just two houses away.

Sometimes help comes in a surprising way - for Sookie it came in the form of a mysterious phone call telling her she is not who she thinks she is, not at all a Southern belle nor the daughter of the overbearing Lenore but the offspring of a Polish unwed mother named Fritzi.

This unexpected news disorients Sookie to the extent that it takes her some time to tell her children she is adopted. Then Flagg flashes back in time to a small Wisconsin town where Fritzi’s father is an immigrant. It’s a town full of hard working Polish folk - men who farm and women who keep immaculate houses. Fritzi’s sisters know no fear so they all learn to fly from a barnstorming pilot. During World War II they join the WASPs. Fritzi loves the pilot who taught her to fly but marriage is not anywhere on his agenda.

A return to the present brings us back to Sookie who looks for her real mother. Anyone who has read a Flagg book knows there will be a happy ending, and what fun it is getting there.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pur Fannie Flagg 30 août 2014
Par bob o
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Si vous avez aimé 'Fried Green Tomatoes' ou 'Welcome To The World, Baby Girl' vous allez adorez cet livre de Fannie Flagg.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Flagg has done it again 10 octobre 2013
Par D. Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This latest novel by Fannie Flagg has everything readers of Flagg's earlier works have come to expect. The plot line has several surprises, the style is distinctively Flagg, and the characters are richly created.

Readers see two main story threads. One is in near-present-day Point Clear, Alabama. Sookie Poole, wife of the local dentist and a definitive "Old South" lady, has an eccentric mother to try to keep under control, and a friend, Marvaleen, who is interested in New Age and yoga and encourages Sookie to do the same. Sookie loves to feed the wild birds, but one difficulty of her day is the fact that the larger birds shoo away the small ones.

The other story thread is set in Pulaski, Wisconsin, beginning in 1939 and carrying to the end of World War 2. It's the story of four sisters there who run a filling station on their own as war breaks out. One sister, Fritzi, is a real daredevil and has been a pilot and a wing walker. Another sister is very quiet and attends mass regularly.

These two plot threads are joined by a letter that comes for Sookie's mother, which Sookie opens and reads because she has power of attorney over her mother's affairs. Plenty of surprises abound, and something that you least expect happens.

If you want to try a sharp/funny book that is of the same caliber as Flagg's FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, try this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Marvelous 5 novembre 2013
Par Holly - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am going to give a bit of advice regarding this book:

1) If you have loved Fannie Flagg's other books or enjoy southern fiction, you won't go wrong with this one.

2) Many of the reviews posted give away most (if not all in some cases) of the plot's twists and turns. Spoilers abound with no warning. Be careful about reading them if you wish to be surprised.

Now that that is out of the way, I would like to share with you that Fannie Flagg knows how to tell a tale and do it well. Over the years, I have read just about everything she has written and she is a writer worth re-reading in my opinion. Some books have struck more of a chord than others, but all have been good. This novel is no exception. Flipping between the time periods of 2005 and World War II, there is a little bit of everything here and will appeal to a wide variety of readers. The unpublicized role of women in the war effort adds an historical fiction flare; the family secrets explored are worthy of some of the best women's fiction writers out there; and one of the over-the-top characters adds humor to what could have been a series heavy, emotional topics.

While Ms. Flagg keeps the reader entertained throughout all the pages, there is real meat to this story that can't be ignored. She manages to convey so much without the reader fully grasping at the time how much is there. Only upon further reflection do you realize how masterful she is.

I loved the book and will be recommending it to many friends with all varieties of reading tastes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION'S LAST REUNION: A NOVEL 11 octobre 2013
Par C. Yates - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If possible I would give Fannie Flagg's new novel more than five stars!!! The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel is an absolute delight to read...you can't put it down and you don't want it to end. Feeling as if you have had an afternoon with a true southerner who is a master story teller, you will be ready for her next book when you finish this one. The book is written with a dual story line...one in Alabama as a modern story and the other in Pulaski, Wisconsin in the forties.

Sookie Poole discovers a BIG secret one day just as her life was beginning to slow down after marring off her three daughters and leaving her with a empty nest; although her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, who likes to run the entire town lives within walking distance of her, she allows her daughter to take care of the bills, mail, etc. And now the secret is out!!

Meanwhile, in Pulaski many years earlier, there is a filling station run by a Polish family with four girls who help run the filling station when their brother goes to war and their father has been hospitalized with TB. What fun and independence the girls are allowed with this adventure. Fritzi is the one who keeps the business going and delegates the jobs...of course business is booming with the females until gasoline is rationed....the war could not have been won without the female aviators who fly coast to coast in assisting the U.S. government although they were very late in being recognized. All the Jurdabralinski girls flew...had fun..heartaches..dangers..one became pregnant without a husband...one died in flight..one came home to marry...one organized the last reunion.

You will find many surprises, delights, tenderness, hilarious tales and a wonderful book. Get yurs from Amazon as I did...you will be so pleased you have this to look forward to. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 History interesting; modern-day portion fell short 9 novembre 2013
Par EJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is really two stories in one, and one of those far exceeds the other. The main plot follows a late-fiftyish woman named Sookie who faces a shocking revelation. The second tale is that of a woman named Fritzi, who lived in the WWII era. The problem with this book is that the secondary plotline was well worth reading, while the primary plot, surrounding Sookie, was far less compelling and bordered on ridiculousness.

Sookie is basically a caricature of a southern woman. She is rather silly and comes off as a bit of a dim bulb. I found it very difficult to root for her as she struggles with revelations that she believes will completely change who she is. On the other hand, Fritzi is the bomb. She is a funny, strong, and well-drawn character who makes you actually feel something. The backdrop of Fritzi's story may have contributed to this as well, as it's much more captivating than Sookie's bumbling around in her small town with its cast of not-really-eccentric characters.

I don't think I am spoiling this book by saying that adoption plays a role in it, but this theme hit another flat note. The terminology used is outdated and, dare I say, somewhat offensive. One example is repeated use of the term "real mother" to refer to a birth mother. This tantalizing opportunity to discuss what a "real mother" actually is was squandered on superficial concerns about family crests and sororities.

Altogether, the sub-par Sookie was balanced by the fabulous Fritzi, leading to an average three-star book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Person She Was Always Meant To Be 28 septembre 2013
Par prisrob - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fannie Flagg likes to write about women, women who are looking for something that will give them their rightful place in life. 'The All Girl Filling Station', is one of these books with such a lust for life.

Sookie Poole from Clear Point, Alabama is a woman with many titles, mother, wife, daughter of Lenore, the woman who could literally wear you out,sister, birder and fixer of everything. She always felt a little overwhelmed with her imposing mother, who ran everything her way. Sookie never felt she lived up to any of her potentials, or maybe that was pounded into her head by her mother. Her husband, Earle, loved her dearly, and told her she was everything that anyone could want. Her daughters, CeCe, DeDe, and LeLe and her son loved her and loved their family legacy.

Early on Sookie has the surprise of her life. She discovers information that changes her. This news changed Sookie's life, so radically and we go with her, as she learns who she truly is. Sookie has become the woman she was meant to be all the while, not knowing what direction she was taking. This is a fun, often serious, learning adventure, reading this novel. The trials and tribulations Sookie goes through while reaching a new step is what makes this book such a good time. The characters jump off the page, and the story is so wild and varied, you fall in love with all of them.

Recommended. prisrob 09-28-13
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