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Can't wait to get to heaven : a novel
Fannie Flagg
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Returning to Elmwood Springs, Mo., (where her sprawling 2002 novel, Standing in the Rainbow, chronicled the small town's inhabitants over five decades), Flagg keeps this outing much more tightly-focused; most of the novel takes place over a few days. Octogenarian Elner Shimfissle falls off a ladder after accidentally disturbing a hornets' nest while picking figs. After she dies at the hospital, the novel's bite-size chapters alternate between funny and touching vignettes showing how Elner's death and life has affected dozens of people in town, interspersed with scenes of Elner's laugh-out-loud assent into the hereafter. From there, the plot offers readers a series of delightful surprises. Perhaps Flagg's funniest novel since her debut, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, she's created a charming, life-affirming tale and a full cast of memorable characters, including Elner's late sister, Ida, who greets her in heaven still carrying her purse and a grudge about the bad hair styling she got for her funeral. Flagg is an expert at balancing pathos with plenty of Southern sass, and this could very well be the feel-good read of the summer. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Flagg takes us back to Elmwood Springs, MO, the former home of the late Neighbor Dorothy Radio Show. The fall by one of Dorothy's former listeners, 80-plus-year-old Mrs. Elner Shimfissle, out of her fig tree as wasps attacked her, sets the whole town off into soul-searching journeys of self-assessment and discovery. Flagg's listeners will see that she still can mix humor, wisdom, and pathos in highly memorable characters that made the author's earlier books successes. This light, seriocomic novel asks deceptively existential questions about our purpose here on Earth and is read well by Cassandra Campbell, who captures the town folk's quirks, sweetness, and earnestness. Recommended.--Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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