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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).

Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

Among the colorful cast of characters are:

   Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena's exuberant  college roommate, who is everything that Dena  is not; she is thrilled by Dena's success and will  do everything short of signing autographs for  her; Sookie's a mom, a wife, and a Kappa forever


    Dena's cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner,  of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal,  talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise


    Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them  all through the radio show that she broadcast  from her home in the 1940s


   Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace,  his partner in tabloid television


    Several doctors, all of them taken with--and  almost taken in by-Dena

There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.

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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. Her first novel, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe--also a New York Times bestseller--was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes. Ms. Flagg's script was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America Awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award.

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dwrites, April 6, 2011 (view all comments by dwrites)
What a rollick! Fine juxtaposition of modern anxieties against the values and affections of an America that may or may not have ever existed. Anyone looking to inhabit a moment of simplicity that lives in our imaginations will want to read this gem. Dena Nordstrom has driven herself all the way to the top as a morning-show anchor on major TV network. Don't ask her how she feels about things; she can't tell you.

An ensemble cast of unlikely characters acts as her conscience, guide, guru, nemesis, and ultimately, family -- replete with answers to questions about herself she never thought to ask.

Flagg is one a few authors who makes me laugh out loud. She manages to spring small-town characters into life without turning them into caricatures. All of her novels sigh with the clear sense that something great is lost with each step of progress -- but that if we keep ourselves authentic, we ourselves are never lost.

Fannie Flagg has a way of hitting you with redemption and nostalgia and bright life and hilarity, and you never really see it coming. Even more astonishing than her sense of place and character is her deftness at weaving a tale. Just when you think she's gotten herself so tangled up that she'll never get out of it, the unlikely but perfectly plausible resolution has you saying Why, of course ...

Flagg is my go-to author when I'm just too cynical to live another day. She makes me believe in the power of love and home and hearth, and by gosh, it's just as sappy as it sounds. Even Pat Conroy loves her work. "Baby Girl" makes a full circle before you even know you're going around, and makes your sides hurt while you're at it.
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