Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
A Novel

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Good news! Fannie’s back in town--and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel.

Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers.

The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.

Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."


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About Fannie Flagg

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FANNIE FLAGG is a bestselling author and has been an actress, TV producer, speaker, and performer. Her book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café became a major bestseller, as well as a heart-winning major motion picture. Flagg's script for the film was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award, and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Other bestselling novels include Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can't Wait to Get to Heaven; and I Still Dream About You. She lives in California and Alabama.












Author Residence: Montecito, CA, and Fairhope, AL












Author Hometown: Birmingham, AL
 
Published August 3, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 544 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And there’s Dorothy’s ten-year-old son Bobby, who daydreams about being the unrecognized son of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers, when not sneaking off to take a blind singer on his mother’s radio show to thrill rides at the carnival.

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From the talented storyteller whose Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café became a beloved bestseller and a successful film comes a sprawling, feel-

Jul 22 2002 | Read Full Review of Standing in the Rainbow: A Novel

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From the talented storyteller whose Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café became a beloved bestseller and a successful film comes a sprawling, feel-

Jul 22 2002 | Read Full Review of Standing in the Rainbow: A Novel

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The town itself --- Elmwood Springs, Missouri --- is the leading.

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In this porch-swing read from Flagg, who cooked up the book that became the film Fried Green Tomatoes, home is Elmwood Springs, Mo., a town in the middle of nowhere and of everywhere.

Aug 26 2002 | Read Full Review of Standing in the Rainbow: A Novel

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