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

  • Jun 25, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, 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 twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg. Praise for The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion “Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life. . . . If all the self-help books that promote ways to ‘find yourself’ were stacked in an enormous pile . . . none would approach the sweet wisdom with which Flagg infuses The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. And neither could they match the author’s essential kindness, nor her unwavering tenderness toward and belief in humanity, despite all its foibles and foolishness. She understands, but she does so with love.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch “The kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever . . . There are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades.”—Publishers Weekly “Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. . . . A charming story written with wit and empathy . . . just the right blend of history and fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait for her next book.”—Carol Burnett “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you’re looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you.”—Kristin Hannah

“An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II.”—Beth Hoffman

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  • Debbie K.

    First time I went. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to next meeting.

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Paige

    So sorry to miss two meetings in a row :( Life keeps getting in the way! I really enjoyed my first visit to discuss Orange is the New Black and was looking forward to discussing The All Girl Filling Station. Have fun and hope to see you next month!!

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Pat

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading All Girl and am looking forward to meeting on Wednesday.

    June 21, 2014

  • Alice W.

    Really enjoyed this book ! Looking forward to discussing it with everyone :-)

    June 19, 2014

  • Eileen

    Thank you Wendy! I have a few quick questions. We meet after we have read through the entire book? Also, is there anything we need to bring with us? You mentioned lawn chairs? Do we bring one with us?
    Thanks!

    June 3, 2014

    • Wendy

      Eileen, no.. you don't have to bring anything. Just yourself :) Barnes & Nobles supply the folding chairs. I'll bring some questions for the group to answer and discuss. The selected book for each month is posted well in advance to give you enough time to read the whole book; however, sometimes life happens and you don't get a chance to complete the book (I'm guilty) or you simply do not want to waste your time finishing a book you don't like either way… come anyways!! We get new members at every meet up. You will feel welcomed.. No one is ever put on the spot.

      June 13, 2014

  • Jim V.

    I finished it about a week ago. Loved it. I was tempted to start over, but think I'll be browsing the used book shelves.
    In the space of 2 days, the library delivered 3 books I had on hold. One was so old, I didn't remember ordering it. Then.... it was lousy.
    One good thing is, the library has streamlined their method of returning a book before it's due. I can't see keeping a book for 2 weeks if I read it in 2 days, especially if it has a lotta holds.

    2 · June 10, 2014

  • Henna B.

    I have read the sample on Kindle, and am now waiting for the book to be freed up from the library to my kindle. I hope it comes before the meeting.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Mary Jane Moch R.

    Really enjoyed this one.

    2 · June 9, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Just finished loved it

    1 · June 4, 2014

  • Eileen

    I am new here and looking forward to the bookclub. Are there several book choices or only one? Thanks!

    1 · June 1, 2014

    • Wendy

      Hello Eileen, welcome to the group! There is only one book selected each month. You can check the future selections by pressing the "Upcoming meetups" button/tab on the left hand side of the page. We have selected books for several upcoming months. I hope you find one that you like!! But if you can't finish the book for any reason, Please come anyways. Thank you for joining, Wendy

      June 1, 2014

  • Pat

    I enjoyed reading both Fried Green Tomatoes and Whistle Stop Cafe years ago and have just started All Girl. I'm sure I will enjoy it as well.

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Chris U.

    I total agree with you AG Gunnels!!loved the book!

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • AG G.

    Rita,
    I think you will like it. It's light and funny. See you at the next book club meet up!

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Rita M.

    I am starting this book today. Hope it will be a refreshing chance from the last few.

    1 · May 29, 2014

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