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Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner's nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner's neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch-and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, What is life all about, anyway? Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot's Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg "was put on this earth to write" (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.

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"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"After seeing 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' the movie version of Fannie Flagg's 1987 best-seller, with its only slightly submerged lesbian theme and a murdered man who becomes barbecue, my elderly aunt commented wistfully, 'Well, it really wasn't like "Driving Miss Daisy," was it?'

Flagg's new novel, 'Can't Wait to Get to Heaven,' isn't 'Miss Daisy' either, of course, but it shows the same perfect... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"If not the queen of authors who write sweet stories that avoid being saccharine, Fannie Flagg is certainly royalty....[A] read that is here and gone as quickly as a lovely sunset. It isn't a work that will resonate for long, but it isn't meant to." Denver Post

Review:

"The characters are endearing, the story is engaging. Good triumphs over evil, mostly....The book is not perfect....But on the whole it's a comforting and sometimes thought-provoking read, especially for those interested in end-of-life scenarios and issues." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and Standing in the Rainbow, beloved novelist Fannie Flagg returns with a full-length novel about the mystery surrounding a woman's peculiar experience in the afterlife.

About the Author

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and A Redbird Christmas. Flagg's script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.

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selective reader, July 11, 2014 (view all comments by selective reader)
Fannie Flagg is a great writer and she just keeps getting better and better as time goes on. She excels at creating wonderful characters who find themselves in tricky situations. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. A must read for anyone who is looking for an upbeat novel that will have you laughing out loud more than you expect. I highly recommend this book.
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Pam in Kennewick, January 30, 2007 (view all comments by Pam in Kennewick)
This book made me laugh out loud! And then laugh again, when my sister & I both realized we were thinking about it at a family funeral.
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mamakaj, July 30, 2006 (view all comments by mamakaj)
I LOVE Fannie Flagg but frankly, I was very disappointed in this book. It is not nearly as entertaining as Standing in the Rainbow.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400061266
Author:
Flagg, Fannie
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Near-death experiences
Subject:
Older women
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
365
Dimensions:
9.43x6.48x1.20 in. 1.43 lbs.

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Product details 365 pages Random House - English 9781400061266 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "If not the queen of authors who write sweet stories that avoid being saccharine, Fannie Flagg is certainly royalty....[A] read that is here and gone as quickly as a lovely sunset. It isn't a work that will resonate for long, but it isn't meant to."
"Review" by , "The characters are endearing, the story is engaging. Good triumphs over evil, mostly....The book is not perfect....But on the whole it's a comforting and sometimes thought-provoking read, especially for those interested in end-of-life scenarios and issues."
"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and Standing in the Rainbow, beloved novelist Fannie Flagg returns with a full-length novel about the mystery surrounding a woman's peculiar experience in the afterlife.
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