The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
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14 Critic Reviews

Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.
-Publishers Weekly

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The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.
 
Mrs. Sookie Poole 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-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.
 
Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.
 
Praise for The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
 
“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

“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.”—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

“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.”—Kristin Hannah


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

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 November 5, 2013 by Random House. 369 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Sep 18 2013

The author forms a comfortable bond with readers and offers just the right blend of history and fiction. Flagg flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Nov 04 2013

Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Carolyn See on Nov 18 2013

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.

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Booklist Online

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Reviewed by Rebecca Vnuk on Dec 05 2013

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...

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Times Dispatch

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Reviewed by Jay Strafford on Nov 03 2013

Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life, as well as a revealing history of the WASPs and the healing properties of courage. And she does so with a skillful evocation of laughter, tears, fun and satisfaction.

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Florida Weekly

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Reviewed by EALISH WADDELL on Dec 02 2013

This humorous, easygoing novel is a smooth read, constructed as a series of connected vignettes that roll gently back and forth through the decades between Sookie’s quest and her birth family’s saga.

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Book Loons

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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Dec 03 2013

As always, Fannie Flagg offers her legion of fans a heartwarming, highly satisfying read with intriguing twists and turns in The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

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Reviewed by Lesa on Nov 10 2013

Anyone who appreciated the women of "A League of Their Own" should pick up The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. All of Flagg's books have humorous touches, but they also are stories filled with strong women, and women who do not even recognize their own strength.

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Book'd Out

Excellent
Reviewed by Shelleyrae Cusbert on Nov 21 2013

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is a charming story combining southern humour and eccentricity with a fascinating tale of adventure and heroism. Flagg is a wonderful storyteller...

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Bookfan

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary on Nov 07 2013

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is one of my favorite books of 2013. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud and possibly learn something new you’ll want to read this wonderful novel.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

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on Nov 03 2013

I loved reading about Fritzi and her crew and it was great to watch Sookie gain confidence in herself as she became familiar with their story. Every book I've read by Fannie Flagg feels like a conversation you might have with a friend while sitting on the porch.

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Read Me Deadly

Above average
Reviewed by SISTER MARY MURDEROUS on Nov 11 2013

I could wish for more about Fritzi and the other WASPs in this story, but maybe Flagg will be inspired to do that in a future book.

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Beth's Book-Nook Blog

Good
on Nov 18 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book! Fannie Flagg’s writing always makes me laugh out loud, then suddenly I’m crying. It’s funny, poignant, silly, and touching all at once.

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Book Babe

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Reviewed by Tara on Oct 27 2013

This book didn't disappoint. I laughed uproariously many times, shook my head at others, and even found myself dabbing my eyes at one point.

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