I really like the way Fannie Flagg turns a phrase. She is down to earth and tells it like it is with zero mincing around. She is what I would call wistfully funny, almost ploddingly so. Over all the story was a good one but be aware that it really isn't a Christmas story. Christmas is a small part of the book--but it really tracks the seasons in the life of a community of people in southern Alabama. Don't get this book thinking it will be a funny, warm, holiday season listen. It just isn't. In fact it was so sad and forlorn in spots that for some listeners it might add to seasonal depressed feelings. So--if you are prone to that experience put it aside and read it another time of year. The message is a good one, very life affirming while encompassing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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