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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? — In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner Shimfi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400061266
ISBN-10: 1400061261
Publication Date: 7/4/2006
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 123 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
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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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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Helpful Score: 2
This was a very funny and enjoyable book to read. I have enjoyed all books by Fannie Flagg.
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I really loved this book. I recommend it to anyone wanting an enjoyable funny read. I really hope she comes out with a sequel to this one!
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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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reviewed Can't Wait to Get to Heaven on + 4 more book reviews
The book is a wonderful escape into a comedic faith adventure, full of rich and memorable characters! Ms. Flagg is a gifted storyteller. I have recommended to others and now have also purchased copies for gifts.
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I read this with a few reading pals in my online book club The Reading Cove. I really enjoyed it! Aunt Elner is so loveable, and so are the rest of the characters from Elmwood Springs and beyond....

Well, her niece Norma got on my nerves, but in a good way, LOL.

There were also some pretty touching moments, but I love how Fannie Flagg strikes a great balance between LOL humor and dramatic sentiment.

There was some unexpected violence at the end, and the book felt like it was about 100 pages too long, but I can forgive it that. It's like the author loved her characters so much she didn't want to leave them!

I give this one a solid B. You'll have a great time reading it!
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Absolutely a jewel of a book. I have passed this book on to friends who then passed it on other friends. What a wonderful point of view! Fannie Flagg is a superb storyteller!


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