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)
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.
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)!
I had heard other folks talk about Fannie Flagg books so, I gave it a try but it just wasn't what I expected.
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 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.
Despite high expectations and favorable reviews, this one turned out to be a yawner. It was like being stuck on a Grayhound bus for 6 hours next to a overly chatty grandma. My ear is still sore!
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