What a beautiful book. Growing up in a small town, which I did, doesn't seem wonderful when it is happening. It is in looking back. I have lent this book to a few people and they all loved it. Again, her characters are just wonderful.
Riveting from beginning to end. A sweeping story that runs from 1946-2000. Elmwood Springs, Missouri grows from a post-World War 11 town surrounded by farmland to a 21st century enclave near the highway but never loses its sence of utopia. And it is full of some colorful people.
Wonderful! I'm ready to read another one by Fannie Flagg. You really become part of this small town and get to know the characters like they are your neighbors. Highly recommended for readers who like a "good story."
I loved this book. With each chapter, I was increasingly involved with and intrigued by the characters. The span of time covered was impressive, but I never felt that I was being given a history lesson. This is a great escape to a gentler time. Neighbor Dorothy became a friend and I was eager to sit in her living room and hear about all the local events. This book brought me to tears, in a good way, toward the end. I can say no more...don't want to ruin it for any other reader...just highly recommend it!
This book tells a lot of stories about a lot of people in Elmwood, Missouri starting in the 1940's and moving on to the 1990's. Fannie describes all the characters in town and reveals bits and pieces of their lives over this 50 year period. I wasn't sure about it at first. I felt like the book was aimlessly telling about the lives of these people with very little plot involved. I almost stopped reading it but because there are so many good reviews of this book I continued. I'm glad that I did. I also took heart that one reviewer said the book picked up speed after the first 60 pages and she was correct.
The story is really just about life and the little things that happen while we are living it but once I started to know the characters better the book grew on me. It could have been a little shorter in length as it started to feel like it was rambling at times but all in all a good and easy read.
I loved this book. It is a nostalgic snapshot of smalltown American life in the 20th century. The book moves through the decades from the 40s to the 90s. The characters, from the youngest to the oldest, are charming and lovable. She really brings the characters to life, with all their quirks and eccentricities. And there are a lot of characters, all connected by friendship or family ties in this wonderful small town. And even though she jumps around from person to person, it never gets confusing, and you are treated to the type of relationships forged by close friends and family. There are moments that will make you laugh out loud, and moments that will touch your heart. It is, at times, poignant but not overly sweet. Following the families and friends as they grow up and grow older through the years is a treat. She brings most of the characters back in the sequel to this book, "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven". I can hardly wait to read that one!
An absolute jewel of an audiobook!! Fannie Flagg reads the book and does a wonderful job. She will have you laughing and crying and wondering why you never listened to her before! A tip: Try to listen to this book before you listen to "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven"...as wonderful, if not better.
Ms Flagg's characters are tied together through the life of a radio show from a small Southern town. The book opens in the 40's and continues through present day. Little mysteries wander through and finally come to light.
What a cute and heartwarming book. I am not quite old enough to remember the time frame for this story. I do remember the quaintness of the little town I grew up in and how everyone knew everyone and if you misbehaved, your parents knew it before you got home. A wonderful read for a front porch swing.
This is one of Fannie's best, the other being 'A Redbird Christmas'. She is a spectacular storyteller, one of her gifts being elevating the ordinary. Her characters, some of whom are people that could be easy to discount, have dignity and humor.
My new favorite author!
Another Elmwood story about Dorothy and her popular radio program and the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. It takes you from post World War II into the the 2000s. Fannie Flagg's books have so much going on in them it is hard to give a story outline.
If you want to read something cheerful and sunny, then this is this book for you. Like all of Fannie Flagg's novels, Standing in the Rainbow gives the reader a glimpse of life in a small town in Missouri in the past. She paints a picture of love, caring, and neighbors who supported each other through the trials and the triumphs of life.
Flagg shares vibrant colorful characters whose lives you will remember way after you have finished reading the book. She takes you back down memory lane and enchants you with people you could pick out from your own family tree. Short chapters, easy reading ... delightful!
This is one of the best books I've ever read! It is about small town life in Southern Missouri in "the good old days." As someone who grew up in Southern Missouri this book really hit home. It's such a cozy, happy book, while I was reading it I was in the best mood!
Fannie Flagg is well known for writing Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. But I like this book even better! She's a terrific storyteller. This is about a small town, and Dorothy, who bakes and has a radio show. This is a wonderful book!
The story runs from 1946 to 2000. Elmwood, Missouri grows from a post-World War II town surrounded by farmland to a twenty-first century enclave near the highway. It parallels what many of us have experienced or are experiencing in small towns now. It is a good story and definitely worth reading.
The characters come at you thick and fast...Dorothy, prodigous pie- baker, supremely likable and conscientious neighbor and hostess of a wildly popular daily radio program; Minnie Oarman the generously fleshed and bighearted lead singer (barietone)of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers; Beatrice,the Little Blind songbird, who appears regularly on the Neighbor Dorothy program untiil she is swept away by the Oatmans; prickly Aunt Elnor who owns a series of orange cats all named Sonny. Glaggs's inventiveness never losses its energy.
I just loved this book. I felt like I really knew these characters and it was fun following their lives and dreams in a small town. This book was a feel good book and very enjoyable. I also loved the short chapters. This book brought back some of my own childhood memories. It was a fun read and I was disappointed when I finished it because it was so enjoyable.
Covering 1946-2000, Flagg chronicles the lives and changes in society through the eyes of various delightful characters. Written with charm, humor and grace, it's a slice of American life at it's core.
Good news! Fannies back in town--and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers.
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."
Loved this book! I'm a very nostalgic person. This book fulfilled the nostalgic vein of my body.....The book begins in the 1940s, goes through the 50s, 60s, 60, 80s, and into the 90s with the same family and town residents......As I was born in the 50s, the earlier part of the book really reminds me of childhood.....
Also the book's author was a newscaster on a Morning Show out of Birmingham, AL that we watched every morning Mon-Fri when I was a child in Alabama. Loved Fannie Flagg!
Last the book takes place in Missouri; I have lived in Missouri 31 years so I recognize a lot of the towns, etc used in the book.
Overall the book is very entertaining and another great read of Ms. Flagg.
From the talented storyteller whose Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe became a beloved bestseller and a successful film comes a sprawling, feel-good novel with an old-fashioned beginning, middle and end. The predominant setting is tiny Elmwood Springs, Mo., and the protagonist is 10-year-old Bobby Smith, an earnest Cub Scout also capable of sneaking earthworms into his big sister's bed. His father is the town pharmacist and his mother is local radio personality Neighbor Dorothy (whom readers will recognize from Flagg's Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!). In 1946, Harry Truman presides over a victorious nation anticipating a happy and prosperous future. During the next several decades, the plot expands to include numerous beguiling characters who interact with the Smith family among them, the Oatman Family Southern Gospel Singers, led by matriarch Minnie, who survive misadventures galore to find fame after an appearance on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1949, the same year Bobby's self-esteem soars when he wins the annual town bubble gum contest. Also on hand are tractor salesman Ham Sparks, who becomes amazingly successful in politics, despite his marriage to overwhelmingly shy Betty Raye Oatman, and well-liked mortician Cecil Figgs, a sponsor of Neighbor Dorothy, who, as a bachelor in the mid-century South, also enjoys a secret life. The effects of changing social mores are handled deftly; historical events as they impact little Elmwood Springs are duly noted, and everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade.
Fannie Flagg writes her Elmwood Springs stories giving the reader a comfortable feeling as if we could get in our car and go visit these characters who have become our neighbors.
Written with her signature brand of humor. This book just gave me the desire to continue getting to know everyone who lives in this quaint little community. Thus series of books is a must read for anyone who needs a good quick read leaving you feeling welcome and part of a small town . I love reading these books.
The characters are written in such a way that you can't help but fall in love with them. I couldn't put it down but when I finished it I was sad that there weren't more pages. Fannie Flagg introduces you to the people and time in a way that you feel like you are there and part of the community. It is heartfelt and takes you to a place that helps us understand what is truly important in life.