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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
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ISBN-13: 9780345494887
ISBN-10: 0345494881
Publication Date: 6/19/2007
Pages: 384
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 194 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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A feel good book makes you laugh out loud at times.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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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.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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This is such a good story about an town full of people that could be anyones neighbor. It had me laughing and crying throughout the book.

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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Loved the book so much I may read it again, something I never do.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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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.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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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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