“Mrs. Poole, all I can say is….. you are not who you think you are…..” (Fannie Flagg)
I never wanted this book to end and by the time I read the last sentence, tears welled up in my eyes. Fannie Flagg is such a splendid storyteller of Southern fiction and has put pen to paper to come up with all the right ingredients to make, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, a winning novel!
You’ll laugh out loud and embrace all the characters from Mrs. Sookie Poole and her domineering mother, Lenore, in Point Clear, Alabama to Fritzi & the rest of the Jurdablarinski clan up in Pulaski, Wisconsin.
The story navigates with the dual narratives of Sookie’s present day life in Alabama back to Fritzi Jurdablarinski’s life in the 1930’s & 40’s. There’s the story of “The All-Girl Filling Station, WWII history of women pilots called WASP’s, the bond of families, and mother/daughter dynamics.
Sookie thinks at age 59, after her daughters’ weddings, her life might have just settled down. Shortly thereafter, Sookie reads information in a mailed document that will alter her life as she knew it. Her discovery takes Sookie on a journey she never expected.
Life can be full of surprises!
Fannie Flagg has created a cast of memorable endearing characters that literally tug at your heart. You won’t soon forget each and every one of them just like in her classic book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe!