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Standing in the Rainbow | [Fannie Flagg]

Standing in the Rainbow

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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Publisher's Summary

Good news! Fannie Flagg's 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 10-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination. And we meet Norma and Macky Warren and their 98-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."

©2002 Willina Lane Productions Inc.; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration by the Author or Authors, 2003

"Everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Fran Silt, CO, United States 12-22-02
    Fran Silt, CO, United States 12-22-02 Member Since 2001
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    "Standing in the Rainbow"

    A wonderful, old-timey feel-good flavor with an ultimate affection for each character

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Huntsville, TX 08-31-03
    Mary Huntsville, TX 08-31-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Utterly Charming"

    I didn't want the book to end. I loved all the characters in the book. And also enjoyed listening to Miss Flagg's reading of her book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Georgia, GA, USA 09-04-04
    Barbara Georgia, GA, USA 09-04-04
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    "Like Finding a Pot of Gold"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Provo, UT, USA 03-24-08
    Carol Provo, UT, USA 03-24-08
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    "Fannie Flagg-Always a Treat"

    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)!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen D. Warren Middle America 10-08-12
    Kathleen D. Warren Middle America 10-08-12

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    "Love the book! Fanny Flagg is the best."
    What did you love best about Standing in the Rainbow?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such an engaging story line. Just loved it.


    Which character – as performed by Fannie Flagg – was your favorite?

    Neighbor Dorothy and her son Bobby were my favorites.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Return to those days of yesteryear.


    Any additional comments?

    Only wish the book had not been abridged. I read the origianl book, and so much was left out of the audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-05-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-05-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Rockin' Chair . . . Lite Fare"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Anne Mong Cramer Spring Mills, PA USA 08-13-12
    Mary Anne Mong Cramer Spring Mills, PA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Life is funn, Especially through Fannie's eyes!"
    What made the experience of listening to Standing in the Rainbow the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration...interesting characters.


    Have you listened to any of Fannie Flagg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh outloud!


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting twists and turns! Very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Olathe, KS, USA 11-21-03
    Deb Olathe, KS, USA 11-21-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Charming, touching and funny"

    Fannie Flagg is a modern-day "Mark Twain"...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dixon Portland, OR, USA 01-10-07
    Dixon Portland, OR, USA 01-10-07
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    "Country Stream of [Un]consciousness"

    I had high hopes for this book, but didn't find it very interesting.

    Fannie Flag's reading is pleasant, but I'm not sure the book had a point. It was, more or less, like spending a day in a beauty shop, listening to the beautician talk about the mundane doings of people in her town.

    There are no momentous events. There is no conflict. There are only characters living day to day in their rural town.

    I prefer books with a plot, or at least something to say.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AWB Houston 08-17-14
    AWB Houston 08-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring"

    I have liked all the Fannie Flag I've read but this one had no real store. It was a narrative of many boring lives in middle america staring in the 50's and going to much more recent times. I was glad to hear it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • H. Tollyfield
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    10/21/06
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    "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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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