Elmwood Springs

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,222 ratings

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven Publisher's Summary

Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner's nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner's neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his 18-wheeler into a ditch, and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, "What is life all about, anyway?" Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot's Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg "was put on this earth to write" (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.

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  • Book 1

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  • Book 3

    • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

    • By: Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238

    Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love Fannie Flagg

    • By gina on 06-25-07

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 4

    • The Whole Town's Talking

    • A Novel
    • By: Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 773
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 697
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 698

    Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Epic Novel

    • By Jean on 01-15-17

    Regular price: $31.50