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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel | [Fannie Flagg]

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
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Publisher's Summary

The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family's filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America's 20th-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is another irresistible audiobook by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.

©2013 Fannie Flagg (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    MissSusie66 11-15-13
    MissSusie66 11-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "New favorite!"

    This is my new favorite Fannie Flagg book! This had just the right amount of humor, emotion, and family drama to make it a perfect mix and a great story.

    Mrs. Sookie Poole has accidently found out some life altering information, that changes how she sees herself and who she thinks she is, which honestly she was already struggling with before any of this happened, since she just married off her last daughter. She has an overbearing mother who she thinks is never happy with anything Sookie does. She is lucky that she has a wonderful, understanding husband and great kids that help her through this difficult time.

    We also meet Fritzi in the 1940’s, her family runs a gas station but when her father takes sick and her brother is sent off to war the girls of the family take over the station and make it a big hit with an all-girl staff. This works for a while but what Fritzi really loves to do is fly, and here is where we learn some great history of the WAF’s and how these sister’s became an integral part of that, it was a great history lesson of a little known part of the stateside war effort.

    This was somewhat of a coming of age book for Sookie, she became something so much more than she ever thought she could be by the end but what I loved is that her kids and husband knew how great she was all along but she couldn’t see it. There is some great laugh out loud moments, and the relationship between Sookie and her mother Lenore is interesting and makes you realize sometimes people don’t see you the way you think they do.(and vice versa)

    I loved this book and when I finished it I thought about starting over from the beginning again.

    As always Fannie Flagg is one of those rare breed of authors that excels at reading their own work, try the audio you won’t be disappointed!

    5 Stars

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 12-06-13
    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2009

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    "What a fun story!"

    You really end up going through a life journey with this character, who discovers herself adrift as to past, identity, purpose....and it's a romp of a journey with twists that leave you laughing, thinking 'how ever in the world!' It's inspiring as well as entertaining.

    I loved the narrator, story, everything but must mention, there are production problems. A couple of times the narration goes back a few chapters and replays entire sections. So don't think you are crazy when you think 'didn't I already hear this part?' you did, and you'll have to forward a few places to pick up the story again. This story is good enough you'll be happy if you don't let this dissuade you!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 11-16-13
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 11-16-13 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "Now I'm awaiting the NEXT Fannie Flagg novel...."
    What did you love best about The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    I love Fannie Flagg's approach to life, the characters she includes could well be in my own family and the neighborhood where I grew up. Besides delightful characters and situations, I loved the historical settings.


    What other book might you compare The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion to and why?

    Maeve Binchy's books are similar in scope. Believable story in a realistic setting. Wonderfully diverse characters.


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

    I believe this is the first story I've heard which was narrated by Fannie Flagg, herself. At first, I thought the voice sounded too old for some of the characters, but I adapted quickly. I've read or listened to everything Fannie Flagg has published. The characters and story in this title did not disappoint. The historical context is very important, as a bit of "womens' rights" during and after WW2 are a large part of the story. Many of us are unaware of the many separate battles women have faced in gaining their fair share of salary, position, etc.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course, I was always waiting to see what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I broke out in spontaneous laughter over many situations and comments. This book left me feeling happy. I don't need any "downer" literature! And I'm absolutely sick of all the vampire and science fiction mysteries. I wish they would have their own special category so I wouldn't have to trudge thru them in a search for new titles.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Winter haven, FL, United States 01-07-14
    Jessica Winter haven, FL, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Story -Great! Narrator - Meh..."
    If you could sum up The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion in three words, what would they be?

    Not good at 3 word descriptions. I really enjoyed this book. I hope that were I around during WWII, I would be as adventurous and brave as Fritzi.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    I don't have one specific moment, but I like the Fritzi storyline the best.


    What didn’t you like about Fannie Flagg’s performance?

    This is not only for Ms. Flagg but for all authors who read their books.

    Please allow professional readers to bring your books to life. I completely understand that your book is your baby and you think that nobody can do a better job at bringing it to life. Professional readers can and do. Ms. Flagg sounded like she was reading a book. I would have loved this book so much more if it have been read by Jenna Lamia. She is an amazing performer and brings the characters to life. I enjoy audio books because the readers make the characters real through their performance, eg. Jim Dale reading Harry Potter.

    I really enjoyed this book and came back to audible for another but I don't want to listen to Ms. Flagg reading again. I'll check them out at the library and read them myself.

    Please Ms. Flagg, have someone else read for you in the future.


    If you could rename The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, what would you call it?

    Not sure about that.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, needs a new reader!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DD Frankfort, IL, United States 11-09-13
    DD Frankfort, IL, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful! One of Flagg's best!!"

    I am a huge fan of Fannie Flagg and I was anxiously awaiting her latest book. I was thrilled with the intertwining plots and historical data. This is an uplifting, interesting story that makes me want more books just like it. So I am going to download my other favorite Flagg novel- A Red Bird Christmas. If you love Fannie Flagg and are looking for similar light-hearted novels, I would recommend the following downloads from Audible:
    Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
    Major Pettigrews Last Stand by Helen Simonson
    Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
    ~And if you like Young Adult Fiction~
    The Misadventures of Maude March is wonderful and has interesting historical information too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda EFFINGHAM, IL, United States 02-26-14
    Belinda EFFINGHAM, IL, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fannie Flagg should not be the narrator."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another narrator would have made the world of difference.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Fannie Flagg? Why or why not?

    Not with her reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I am only half way through the book and don't know if I can finish. Fannie just sounds like she is reading the book in slow motion. My goodness... some of the conversations are drawn out sooo very long that I get a headache.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 11-28-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Another winner from Ms. Flagg!"
    Would you listen to The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion again? Why?

    I think I would. The story pulls you in and gets you involved with the characters lives. I recognized some of the people as relatives in my family, if you know what I mean! lol


    What other book might you compare The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion to and why?

    Quite similar style to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café by Fannie Flagg. Both books go backward and forward thru time and have some great characters to love.


    What about Fannie Flagg’s performance did you like?

    Some of her reading was off, not enough inflection etc. but she nailed Winged Victory perfectly and even the Wisconsin characters.


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

    What if you found out your life was based on a lie and it turned out better than ever!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book but the enhanced version has some repeating chapters in it, so I recommend at this time to use another version which I have been told work fine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Millie Frankfort, KY, United States 04-28-14
    Millie Frankfort, KY, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration terrible, story flawed"

    I couldn't tell if if it was the narration that sounded like someone reading a picture book to three-year-olds or a story that was rampant with stereotypes of women that irritated me the most. She obviously tried to explain the contribution of women in WWII, but the stereotypes and one dimensional views of women, especially the Southern ones, was a disgrace. There was a real story in a woman trying to survive a narcissistic woman, but there was no real exploration of the damage and recovery and it was treated as humorous, which is disrespectful. I did appreciate the few insights that Sookie had about her mother.
    Overall I thought the story was messy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Lee Reneau Atlanta 12-05-13
    Cynthia Lee Reneau Atlanta 12-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Fannie's Still Got It!"

    I've read almost all of Fannie's books and this one didn't fall short! I loved the story line, the characters and her ability to make you feel like you were a part of the story. I almost felt like I was listening to my life story, Lenore was my mother.. and almost all mom's of the deep south. Fannie is an amazing story teller and her performance really made the book even better. I'm so glad that I decided to listen to it instead of reading it.
    Such a wonderful feel-good, vacation book. Read it, you won't be disappointed!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela United States 11-19-13
    Pamela United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Just makes you feel good all over"

    I love when a book feels like a warm bath followed by a fluffy robe and hot chocolate. Fannie Flagg writes those kind of stories that are just grounded enough in tragedy and misfortune to make the triumph feel even more joyful at the end. This one includes a fascinating, but little known, historical context that makes it even more fulfilling. As always, patience is required for a Fannie Flagg book, the story never runs forward, it meanders as you get to know the main characters who are always Southern women through and through. So, when you're ready to slow down a bit and dedicate some time, this is the book to pick up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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