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."
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"Everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade." (Publishers Weekly)
Standing in the Rainbow is a wonderful book. Especially for someone who just got her Medicare card, it is wonderfully nostalgic and heart warming. Fanny Flagg's characters are drawn lovingly, frequently showing a realistic mixture of likeable and unlikeable traits. I actually first got this as an audio CD set from the library but enjoyed it so much I want my own copy.
Fannie's books are always a treat and this one is no exception. Although it is a little more far reaching than others I have read, it is no less fascinating. She captures the life of average America and punches a little humor into it. She also captures the era in which she has staged her story. This book follows the lives of several people. It was a treat to read (hear)!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is a fun easy listen . . . good for sittin' out on the porch in the rockin' chair . . . or just listening while you cook or clean. Country people, fun stories . . . you don't have to get all worked up about any of it . . . this book was a nice break from more serious southern books, the ones where you the characters wiggle their way deep into your heart . . . books like "Looking for Me" or "Saving CeeCee Huneycutt" . . . I like that Fannie Flagg tells her stories without leaving out the quirks and shortcomings of the towns people. It's just who they are, and it seems like back then, people just accepted that, instead of trying to psychoanalyze everything. Good book.
This book reminded me so much of my childhood. My home town was so similar to the one described in the book. My grandmother (we lived with Grabdpa and Grandma while my Dad was overseas in the Marines) listened to a radio station program in Shenadoah, IA that was so similar to Neighbor Dorothy. It took me back to bein 4 yeats old.
Such an engaging story line. Just loved it.
Neighbor Dorothy and her son Bobby were my favorites.
Return to those days of yesteryear.
Only wish the book had not been abridged. I read the origianl book, and so much was left out of the audio version.
Excellent narration...interesting characters.
Made me laugh outloud!
Interesting twists and turns! Very entertaining.
I was very disappointed to discover that the audible version is only a few selections from various chapters. This is not indicated when buying.
"The book of gold at the end of the rainbow"
I think it is impossible to read or hear this book read without feeling better about life; and Fannie Flagg's reading brings out the very best - things to smile and laugh at, things to think about and things to make you feel sad. But throughout, the atmosphere of a mid-west small-town community, which may never have existed except in American mythology, in which people are accepted and cared for, no matter who they are or what their excentricities, just makes you wish you had been there.
Please may we have more of Fannie Flagg's works on Audible - perhaps 'Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlstop Cafe' or 'Welcome To The World Baby Girl' (Which also features Neighbour Dorothy, her family and neighbours).
"Beautifully read by the author"
No idea why it has this title, or jacket image as they don't seem to relate to this extraordinary book (loosely based around two Missouri families) at all. If you liked Steel Magnolias or enjoy Garrison Keillor or James Wicox you will love this - it transports you to a time and place that is utterly eccentric and comical and yet unsentimentally moving. Just so quirky and unusual, uplifting, hilarious, lyrical - why hasn't it been made into a film like Fried Green Tomatoes?
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