I have enjoyed reading the books of Fannie Flagg over the past several years. I first became interested in reading her books, after watching the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. This movie touched me deeply. I loved the characters, as well as the story - and wanted to continue knowing them in some way.
I took about ten years to find the book Fried Green Tomatoes, but one day I did have the delightful good fortune to see a paperbook version on the shelf of may favourite used bookstore, The Reader's Corner.
Since then I've read most of Flagg's fiction, as the books became available at my local public library.
Her Elmwood Springs series is particularly lovely, and feature a cast of eccentric, but believable characters, who I just love. The book Standing in the Rainbow is set in the 1940's and 50's , featuring Neighbor Dorothy, a radio hostess, who produces a short, friendly program from her home. Dorothy develops a rapport with her radio audience, and provides household tips, music and friendly advice.
I Can't Wait to Get to Heaven features Mrs. Elmer Shimfissle, an inspirational octogenarian, and her endearing family.
Welcome to the World Baby Girl, was written first in the series, although it has a contemporary setting, and brings together the various characters in the other two books.
What I love about these books are the warm, and sometimes quirky, but always believable characters - these are people I would like to know. I think the daytime radio programs of the 40's and 50's, such as Neighbor Dorothy's, which provided rapport and community to housewives who were generally alone through the day, could possibly be seen as a precursor to some of our social media today. Blogs provide wonderful human connections, as well as information and can truly enrich our daily lives.
Fannie Flagg has several more highly enjoyable books, including a lovely Christmas story, A Redbird Christmas, which tells a story of love and resiliency. I enjoyed this story so well, that I chose to give it as gifts one Christmas.
Just when I was thinking that Fannie had stopped writing books, I found a review of her latest book, I Still Dream About You, so I will be heading to my library next week to place this book on "hold".
I hope you might consider reading one or two of these books, as I believe you will come away touched by a loving, warm vision of a special kind of world.