Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
By Fannie Flagg
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345494887, 375pp.)
Publication Date: June 19, 2007
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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 Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.
In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.
Her first novel, "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man," was on the "New York Times "bestseller list for ten weeks. Her second, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," praised by Harper Lee and Eudora Welty, was on the "Times" list for thirty-six weeks. It was made into the memorable hit movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The screenplay, also written by Flagg, earned her the coveted Scripters Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Screen Award. Her reading of the Random House audiobook received a Grammy nomination.
That book gave way to an even bigger hardcover success for "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, "a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year, which "The Christian Science Monitor "called "captivating . . . a comic novel to open with open arms." Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.