Fannie Flagg won me over with Fried Green Tomatoes years ago, and I anticipate her newest books nearly as soon as I close the cover on the ones that have just been published.
The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is the type of novel I enjoy most-one that spans many years, following characters through their lives. Sookie Poole is finally looking forward to a retirement trip. She has just married off one of her daughters, and needs a bit of relaxation. Her mother, Lenore, who lives just down the street is a lot for anyone to handle, and is especially overbearing to her daughter.
Sookie receives some surprising news in the mail, something that causes her to question her own life and who she is. As Sookie looks for answers, we are introduced to Fritzi, who along with her sisters operates her family's filling station during World War II. Sookie meets Fritzi long after her filling station days, but is inspired by her and her sisters. Sookie finally feels more comfortable about who she is, not always trying to live up to Lenore's ideas of what she should be.
Flagg's characters are fun and quirky and I couldn't help reading with a smile on my face. And yet, somehow, Flagg always knows how to write stories that have depth and a message, all the while allowing humor to be present.
The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is one of my favorites by Flagg. I've already told several friends to give this one a try, and will keep recommending her books to others.