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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Author: Fannie Flagg
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 Shimfis...  more
ISBN-13: 9780345494887
ISBN-10: 0345494881
Publication Date: 6/19/2007
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 198 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
This was an absolute surprise. I chose this book as something to fill time and found a wonderfully written and humorous book that gives hope to what is on the other side. The main character is who I want to be when I am in my 80's;spunky, optimistic and able to take all that she is given with grace and humility. Spend some time with her.
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I love Fannie Flagg's books. They are sweet and sentimental and always fun to read, without too much sappiness.

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is set in Elmwood Springs, MO, where several of her other books have been set. We have a handful of recurring characters, but this time the focus is on Elner Schimfissle, who is 80 years old and has fallen out of a tree and passed away. Or has she? Is Elner dreaming or is she having an after death experience? And what will this mean for her friends and family getting ready to mourn her passing?

Funny, sweet and life affirming this book brought a smile to my face and a small tear to the eye. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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This was a very funny and enjoyable book to read. I have enjoyed all books by Fannie Flagg.
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If you have read any of Ms. Flagg's books, you will know she writes about quirky people and two of her previous books took place in Elmwood Springs and this one continues the thread. You might say it is sort of a sequel to "Standing in the Rainbow" and "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl."

I really enjoyed this book. Here we have Elner, a widow who is determined to remain independent and free as long as she can despite her niece-in-law thinking she needs to be in a care facility. Elner has a wonderful, generous if kind of odd spirit. She decides to pick some figs for a friend and when she climbs her ladder, accidentally hitting a wasp nest, well, she comes tumbling down and is stung by the angry wasps. She is rushed to the hospital but is pronounced dead.
Next we have Elner going to Heaven and seeing her sister and old friends but most of all, she does not feel any pains like her knee which was sore lots of times. The town is notified of her death and wheels are set in motion for her funeral. But something happens and things are turned upside down.

Ms. Flagg writes a delightful story and her style makes you feel like you are there. I easily got caught up and found myself having read the book in two days. Highly recommended for those who love a good old fashioned story with a few twists and some odd characters thrown in for some laughs! I certainly hope she writes some more about Elner, Dorothy and the town of Elmwood Springs.
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Another wonderful read by Fannie Flagg. Elner Shimfissle get stung by wasps, falls out of her fig tree and dies. We have met Elner in other Flagg books; she is quite the character. The entire book, as usual, is filled with Flagg's wonderful characters. This tells about who Elner meets in Heaven, what Heaven is like, and what happens to her there. Also what is going on with her family back on Earth. When Elner dies, I admit I cried.
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Fannie Flagg, for those of you out there that remember her, is as funny on paper as she is in life. This book is really funny. It isn't how I imagine Heaven, but I like that it is just what Elner Shimfissle needs.
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Delightful and a quick read. Makes you long for simpler times and simple sweetness in people. A wonderful read.
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I haven't laughed out loud while reading a book for some time. Of course, I usually read more serious things, so.... But, I have to say I really enjoyed this book and I did laugh out loud several times. It was Fannie Flagg, who could resist her? And, I loved Fried Green Tomatoes From the Whistle-Stop Cafe, so it was an easy choice to make. Totally different from Fried Green Tomatoes, but so entertaining. An easy read. Try this one, you'll love it and if you don't, it won't take you that long to read it anyway!