Books by Fannie Flagg

THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"You know the expression 'This is not your grandma's epic novel'? Well, this is your grandma's epic novel, anodyne but sweeping in its sweet way, full of home truths and consolation."
The history of a Midwestern town founded by Swedish immigrants, including both lives and afterlives, from 1889 to 2021. Read full book review >
THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION'S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Flagg flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride."
Flagg highlights a little-known group in U.S. history and generations of families in an appealing story about two women who gather their courage, spread their wings and learn, each in her own way, to fly (I Still Dream About You, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"What could have been an edgy excursion into the individual toll of the Recession on real women devolves into fluff. "
Life keeps interrupting a former beauty queen's planned suicide in Flagg's latest (Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, 2006, etc.) take on Southern womanhood. Read full book review >
A REDBIRD CHRISTMAS by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Charming tale, sweet as pie, with a just-right touch of tartness from the bestselling Flagg (Standing in the Rainbow, 2003, etc)."
One more Christmas, one more chance. Read full book review >
STANDING IN THE RAINBOW by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Hilarious, charming, authentic—a winner all the way."
Welcome to Elmwood, Missouri, 1946-2000 . . . Read full book review >
WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY GIRL! by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

The author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafÇ (1987, etc.) returns with another engaging paean to the joys of down-home southern life. Gorgeous, ambitious Dena Nordstrom is doing very well in 1970s Manhattan. She's the popular star of a network morning show, poised to rise as the ratings-driven TV industry promotes appealing women to make palatable the increasingly nasty interviews that are turning the news into scandalmongering "entertainment." Dena barely remembers Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where she spent four happy years before her mysterious mother abruptly left town and embarked on a decade of wandering before vanishing from 15-year-old Dena's life altogether in 1959. But the folks back in Elmwood Springs remember Baby Girl, daughter of a local boy killed in WWII, and Flagg has some obvious but effective fun with the contrast between the townspeople's homey-to-the-verge-of-caricature existence and Dena's high-powered urban-professional lifestyle. Of course, she's not really happy: she drinks too much and has bleeding ulcers that send her, acting reluctantly on doctor's orders, to a handsome psychiatrist (who falls in love with her at first sight, natch) and then back to Elmwood Springs to recuperate from overwork. Readers may share Dena's initial reaction to the relentlessly folksy locals ("Get me out of here," she commands her agent), but the New York cast of characters is just as clichÇd: noble, Walter Cronkite-like anchorman; sleazy network executive; sleazier "researcher"/dirt-digger. The author does, however, know how to spin a rattling good yarn. Even those who gag at the way she holds up "Neighbor Dorothy" and her hokey 1940s radio show as the epitome of small-town goodness will probably find themselves flipping pages rapidly to discover what happened to Dena's mother. The denouement has a clever twist, and if the happy ending is not exactly a surprise, it taps into enough classic American fantasies about getting out of the rat race to be quite moving. Shamelessly corny—and extremely enjoyable. (First printing of 170,000; author tour) Read full book review >