The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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"
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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
"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. If you're looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you."--Kristin Hannah
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781400065943
Characteristics: 347 p


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When Sookie Poole becomes an empty nester, she's shocked to find her plans for travel interrupted when she discovers a long-held family secret. Searching the past gives her a new way to live.

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Apr 26, 2019

This is the second book of Ms. Flagg's that I've read.. this book kept getting better and better towards the end. Loved hearing about the "WASPS" the government should apologise and give credit where credit's due.. I'm still not sure what the name of Friskies, Priskie is though? lol

DPL_Graham Oct 22, 2018

Funny, heartwarming, and guaranteed to make you laugh and smile. This novel set in Alabama follows Sukie as she learns some life changing news that will forever change how she deals with her domineering southern lady mother. Highly recommended. Fannie Flagg is the reader for the audiobook as well and does a delightful job.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 07, 2018

The history of an "all-girl" gas station during the 1940s is a catalyst for a middle-aged woman to re-evaluate her own life.

Oct 23, 2017

The story started slowly, then it took off running. Each chapter read faster and faster. Interesting alternating chapters between the then and now; enjoyable characters.

I enjoy every Flagg book I've listened to or read. Wish someone would make more movies based on her books...hello Hollywood or Georgia, are you listening????

Sep 08, 2017

A charming book laced with drama, humor, and history delightfully read by the wonderful Fanny Flagg.

Sep 02, 2017

Be patient and press through the beginning. It's worth it. An amazing story with some history based on reality.

JCLMelodyMK Jul 17, 2017

The book begins with a southern lady that finds out by accident that she is adopted, that part was a bit slow .Then the book delved into some of the history of women working during WWll as pilots known as W.A.S.P.S., and the way they were treated, this really peaked my interest. I had never heard this before
A very enjoyable read and a look into the Womens' Airforce Service Pilots.

Jan 21, 2017

I had trouble getting into the story because I was annoyed with our main character's attitude after learning she was adopted. Once the flashbacks to the past started, I really enjoyed the story, especially the information about women pilots in World War II.

ArapahoeWinnie Dec 01, 2016

Excellent narrator! Wouldn't have been as fun without the southern and Wisconsin accents. Entertaining characters make the history of the women pilots in WWII come alive.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

Cute story with a bit of humor, a bit of history, a good narrator and just an all round easy read for a time when anything more would have been too much.

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