I found this one kind of funny, but more than that, it was a really well done storyline. I found myself rooting for Dena, hoping she'd find her way into her life, her character felt so empty for the vast majority of the book, it was sad really. Fannie Flagg is a most excellent writer, her characters jump off of the page at you. While Dena was meeting with Tennesee Williams, I could smell the ocean air of New Orleans and hear him talking... very well done. Definitely worth a read!
With home-cooked, Southern literary flair, Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes) returns with Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! "Baby Girl," as she is lovingly referred to by her sweet, country cousins, is Dena Nordstrom, a tall, blonde, corn-fed girl who makes it big in Manhattan. Ms. Nordstrom is now the top TV anchorwoman in the city, beating out veteran journalists and making ungodly amounts of money. Although her life seems charmed, Dena is frazzled and miserable. She drinks uncontrollably, is a borderline compulsive liar, and is forced to undergo therapy because of her stress-induced ulcer. Her psychiatrist, Dr. O'Malley, falls madly in love with her, of course, and sends the blonde bombshell to a close colleague, Dr. Diggers. Living up to her name, Diggers shovels up a mountain of dysfunction and forces Dena to face her mysterious past; all the while the good doctor reports back to brokenhearted O'Malley about her patient's progress. Meanwhile, back at the station, Ms. Nordstrom has made friends and enemies in very high places. Her greatest ally is Howard Kingsley, the Cronkitesque reporter who wields power with more ease than most seasoned politicos: "He closed the door and handed the driver a ten-dollar bill. 'Take this young lady where she wants to go for me, will you? And be careful, she's valuable property.'" It's a good thing she has friends like that, because her boss, Ira Wallace, makes George Costanza from Seinfeld look like a scrupulous saint. When Wallace hires a nasty but effective mole by the name of Sidney Capello to dig up garbage on celebrities, Nordstrom has a head-on collision with his sense of ethics (or lack thereof) and gets Capello canned. Or so she thinks. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is very much like its star, Dena Nordstrom: pretty, scattered, confused, and sometimes interesting. It's a long ride from the Whistle Stop Cafe, and readers who enjoy Jan Karon's Mitford Fall series will most likely be the biggest fans of Flagg's third novel.
Readers of Fannie Flagg will love this novel Wandering back and forth through forty years of history as though it were backyard gossip, Flagg tells the life story of Dena Nordstrom, America's most popular female newscaster.
I LOVE Fanny Flag and this was a Fanny Flag story at it's best. It's very Southern, it's very close to the truth, it's a good book to get lost in. It's about a woman who is on her way up in the media. On her way she discovers somethings about her own past, family she never knew, and put a lot of pieces to the puzzle of her mother's life she never knew about. Along the way, we learn about small community life, have a lot of laughs, and can see how far we've come from the values, mores, and morals of mid-20th century life in the South (if our values have changed at all).
The theme of the novel is about change and how the main charater (an Oprah-like personality)surives all her life long struggles. The author jumps around a lot in years and time periods, but I thing it adds to the story and makes it more fun to follow. Great plot, great characters, and the charm of the south shines through. At times you will cry, at other times you will laugh, wonderful book!
Fannie Flagg never disappoints. This book is a little hard to get started on as it has quite a few story lines hanging together but once you get going you can't put this one down! Not as good as Fried Green Tomatoes but, what ever will be?
I'm going to have to read more books by Fannie Flagg! This book is the story of a young woman who seems to be unable to make personal connections. As the story goes on and reveals her true experience, it becomes apparent what is going on in her life. There's a surprise at the end, sure to make the reader think.
I brought this book with me vacation and tried really hard to read it (since it was the only book I had) but I could not finish it. I found the characters unlikeable and the story line boring and slow moving. I normally enjoy Southern Lit but did not like anything about this book.
From the Author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" comes the story of New York TV anchorwoman Dena Nordstrom, who must take her fast-paced life down a few notches, face her mysterious past, and shake hands with her small-town heritage in order to find happiness.
This is a comic novel to welcome home with open arms..Wandering back and forth through forty years of history as though it were backyard gossip, Flagg tells the life story od Dena Nordstrom, America's most popular female newscaster.
I loved everything about this book. It's funny and sad. That is everything I want in a book. I am from a small town and this reminds me of people I know. Please try this book, you will not be disappointed.
NY Times Bestseller! "Utterly irresistible!" says Time Magazine. NY Times Book Review says "enjoyable...(Flagg) keeps it simple, she keeps it bright, she keeps it moving right along - and most of all, she keeps it beloved."
"CAPTIVATING . . . This is a comic novel to welcome home with open arms . . . Wandering back and forth through foty years of history as though it were backyard gossip, Flagg tells the life story of Dena Nordstrom, America's most popular female newscaster . . . You'd have to be a stone to read this book without laughing and crying." The Christian Science Monitor
Funny, serious, and compelling, this novel focuses on Dena Nordstrom, an urban heroine who is brainy, beautiful, and a rising star of 1970's televison. Replete with a zany cast of characters, this is the story of a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.
my husband and i read this book aloud to each other. good story -- makes you laugh, but good serious parts, too. spans a lot of years and various subcultures in the US. by the author of fried green tomatoes.
Reading this book there were several times that I laughed out loud and my husband and father-n-law thought I had lost my mind and marbles. Though Fannie Flagg is a wonderful writer and I most enjoyed reading all of her books. The newest one I have gotten by her is Redbird Christmas and can\'t wait to read it.
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).
Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.
Among the colorful cast of characters are:
Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena's exuberant college roommate, who is everything that Dena is not; she is thrilled by Dena's success and will do everything short of signing autographs for her; Sookie's a mom, a wife, and a Kappa forever
Dena's cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner, of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal, talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise
Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them all through the radio show that she broadcast from her home in the 1940s
Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace, his partner in tabloid television
Several doctors, all of them taken with--and almost taken in by-Dena
There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.
I have loved all of Fannie Flagg's books, so I was really hoping I would love this one too, and I did. It seemed a little run of the mill at first, but then the story grew to surprisingly enormous proportions. Wonderful characters, good plot, with mystery and romance.