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Standing in the Rainbowby Fannie Flagg
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Good news! Fannies 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."
"A sprawling, feel-good novel with an old-fashioned beginning, middle and end....The effects of changing social mores are handled deftly; historical events as they impact little Elmwood Springs are duly noted, and everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade." Publishers Weekly
"Flagg...knows how to deliver a gentle read like no one else." Mary Frances Wilkens, Booklist, (starred review)
"Hilarious, charming, authentic — a winner all the way." Kirkus Reviews
"The action does not let up for a minute....Sometimes there is so much going on that the novel threatens to spin out of control. One of the charms of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe was watching the narrative threads come together, but the disparate pieces of Standing in the Rainbow never quite coalesce....Though Flagg's tongue can be wicked, her small-town world is unrelentingly rosy." Ellen Feldman, The New York Times Book Review
"Fannie Flagg...comes on like a thunder storm of sentimental humor....These scoops of Elmwood Springs go down like peach ice cream — almost too sweet but undeniably delicious. Flagg is one of those authors who doesn't worry about creating great significance, but then ends up doing so anyhow." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor
"For fans and friends of Fannie Flagg I have great news. Fannie's latest oeuvre...is just as delicious a serving of Southern comfort as her Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café....In this stormy world of 'now,' Fannie Flagg offers escape, at least momentarily, into the rainbow of her imagination." Liz Smith, The New York Post
Fannie's back in town — at her funniest, most touching, rooted, and surprising best. She has also brought along several characters from her earlier bestseller, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, plus some new folks to make readers smile, laugh, and cry.
About the Author
FANNIE FLAGGs writing career began behind the scenes of televisions Candid Camera and progressed to out-in-front as performer-writer. Her acting achievements led to roles in motion pictures including Five Easy Pieces, with Jack Nicholson; Stay Hungry, with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field; and, most recently, Crazy in Alabama, with Melanie Griffith. For the theater in New York she did Patio Porch and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and played the lead role in the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Her first novel, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, was on the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks. Her second, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, praised by Harper Lee and Eudora Welty, was on the Times list for thirty-six weeks. It was made into the memorable hit movie Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The screenplay, also written by Flagg, earned her the coveted Scripters Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Screen Award. Her reading of the Random House audiobook received a Grammy nomination.
That book gave way to an even bigger hardcover success for Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, which The Christian Science Monitor called “captivating . . . a comic novel to open with open arms.” Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.
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