by Fannie Flag
Random House Publishing Group ebook
Release Date: November 28, 2006
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Why did you choose this book? This was the selection for my November book club.
When did you read this book? December 2011
Who should read this book? anyone looking for a light read with a bit of humor and mystery thrown in
Here is a synopsis of ‘Can’t Wait To Get To Heaven' from Goodreads, where it rates 3.75 stars.
Source: Overdrive epub through my public library
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.
This book is about an old woman named Elner Shimfizzle (don’t you love that name?), and set in a small town in Missouri. Elner manages to find the good in every situation and everyone is fond of her. A spunky old lady, she still fends for herself. One day, she climbs a tree in her backyard to gather figs, and falls. She is rushed to the hospital, where she is declared dead. Then the fun starts. Everyone in town is affected and remembers how Elner touched their lives. Meanwhile, Elner goes to heaven, where she meets her Maker and learns the purpose of life.
This is not a deep, thought-provoking book, but it is a fun book. Save it for when you need some light-hearted entertainment.
My Rating: ★★★ 3 Stars