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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (Elmwood Springs #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  11,441 ratings  ·  1,484 reviews
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
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Hardcover, Large Print, 528 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Random House Large Print (first published 2006)
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Terri
I bought this book on impulse at Borders, before it closed (boo hoo), because it was very cheap. I loved "Fried Green Tomatoes" and Candid Camera so I was ready to enjoy this novel by Fannie Flagg. I made a couple false starts as I began to read. I was somewhat distracted by a busy life and the featured small town quirkiness just didn't grab my attention at first. Then, my dear friend, Lillian, passed away at age 90. For years, I spent most Saturday lunches with Lillian. Suddenly, that privilege ...more
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
I have so far read two books from this writer and this is her third. The firs was Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by far one of my favorite books to date. Although this new book takes place later on in time, the characters of this book are somewhat linked to the characters of the previous book "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl". It is a great book to read if life has hung you out to dry and the last thing you need is more drama. This book is a spoonful of honey when your life/throa ...more
Robin
Oh okay read. It was for book group or I wouldn't have read it. I have such a list of books I'm working on. If you have tons of time and would enjoy a few laughs it does have them. There is mild language and God/Harvey doesn't judge his children. No final judgement and heaven is how we want it to look. They just want us to be happy. Flagg wrote this book to remind us that there are still so many good people in the world and the best is yet to come, so on that aspect I would not dissagree. One th ...more
Mom Shaw
this is the story of an elderly lady who has a near death experience and the people in her life both those she has known for years and those she meets in the hospital setting whose life she touches, this is a funny book, lots of great characters, fanny flagg also wrote fried green tomatoes, i watched the movie and wasn't that impressed but maybe I would like the book better, some of the characters in this story are also in welcome to the world baby girl.
Eva
Laugh out loud funny, this book describes how any single person can greatly influence the lives of their neighbors. Elner Shimfissle is blessed with an inquiring mind and a large loving heart. In her eighties, or possibly nineties, she decides to make fig jam for her friends and falls out of the tree when attacked by wasps while picking figs. She doesn't know her age because she was born at home, the only record is in the family bible and her sister, Ida, buried that years ago so no one would kn ...more
Mom2 Bradley
A funny and engaging story of the old South where neighbors really knew each other and really cared. And with quite a bit of spiritual insight as well. Good feelings come from reading it.
Mary
The book was a folksy Southern story, but it did make my book club feel good about life for awhile. It was refreshing to think there is this kind of goodness in life. The author was able to transport us to another dimension, out of our present reality and into a place where there are basic pleasures. This is not such a bad thing to take away from a book. I hope Heaven is a place where there will be reuniting and joyful moments and ultimate peace; a place where you will no longer worry about mone ...more
Rayni
Nov 10, 2011 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rayni by: Talking Books
My mom got this from the State library Talking Books. I immediately checked out the reviews & thought this was something she would love. Imagine my surprise when she announced Monday she did not like this book at all & wanted to send it back. It was too hard to understand. Huh??? I slipped the cartridge into the digital reader &, of course, it was too hard to understand: the reader sounded like a chipmunk. I slowed it down to "normal," then went one notch lower. This book snagged me ...more
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Audio book read by Cassandra Campbell

From the dust jacket: 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,
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Katrina
Jan 16, 2009 Katrina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 mill
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Marilyn
I have not ever read anything by Fannie Flag but I have friends that enjoy her books, so when I found this one at Costco, I bought it. It was a good choice and seemed fitting for the time. We drove to my parent's home in Idaho for Thanksgiving so I have 4 good hours of reading time each way, less the time spent with my eyes closed.

My parents are in their 80's, like the main character in the book, Elner. The exact year of her birth was unknown because her sister had buried the family bible years
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Donna
Fannie Flagg has given us a very wonderful and witty book of Elner Shimfissle. Elner falls from a fig tree after being attacked my a bunch of wasps. Unconscious on the ground, Elner is seen by a neighbor who has called the ambulance and Elner is hoisted off to the hospital. Here she has an afterlife experience and goes to heaven. However, she doesn't remain there; she is sent back. Oh so much had happened prior to Elner's return- a funeral was being planned and everyone knew about her death. The ...more
KatieMc
There's something about Fannie Flagg's writing that is comforting. I like how she can write stereotypical characters and not be patronizing. It's not for everyone, but for cozy Southern Americana, it's a safe bet.
Lisa Nelson
I think it's always fun to read a book or watch a movie and see someones view of what Heaven might look like. In this novel the main character dies and goes to Heaven. She visits with God and Jesus before returning back to earth. I read most of this book on the flight to my Grandma Helen's funeral. Maybe that is why I picked this one to read. Grandma Helen's funeral and the time with family was priceless. This book left me wanting more. In the past I have really enjoyed this author and her sense ...more
Felicia
When I first started this book I was really wondering why I was reading it. It seemed like a book for old women. I kept with it however and ended up enjoying it. Good story. A "feel good" easy to read book. I liked the way the author told the story, similar to Janet Evanovich's style. I am pretty sure my friend Toni told me this similarity. Not sure I'll read another book by this author but I won't rule it out.
Denise
I just re-read this book for the book club. Amazing how much I forgot since the last time. Still a good book. We had a lively discussion about the book and enjoyed the caramel cake one of our book club members made from the recipe in the back of the book. Funny and delicious! What more can you ask for?
Pamela
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven: Quick, quaint, humorous, and quirky . . . charmingly and deceptively entertaining.

Elner Shimfissle is an eccentric nonagenarian filled with compassion, curiosity, and a love for life. I adore her. The joy she gets from some of the simplest things that others don’t give a passing thought about is so endearing.

“I just saved a butterfly! I walked out here a little while ago and saw the prettiest butterfly caught in a spider web and I was able to set it loose. I’m sorr
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Kelly
I listened to this while running. It made me laugh out loud. It made me cry. I must have looked like a crazy person.
Karen O'Brien-Hall
Just when I was reminded of how much I enjoyed reading Fannie Flagg’s books, my library book club chose Can't Wait to Get to Heaven as the our first choice for 2014. What a great read!
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven reminds us that you don’t have to be rich and famous to be loved and appreciated in your community. It doesn’t take the brains of an Einstein, or the wealth of a Rockefeller, or the psychoanalytical skills of Freud to make a difference to the people around you. Sometimes a friendly wave
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Zaldi
"kau takkan pernah tahu kapan sebuah
percakapan akan menjadi yang terakhir
hidup dapat berhenti begitu saja tanpa peringatan
terlebih dahulu" (85)

"..jangan biarkan pintu membenturmu dari belakang
saat kau pergi, seseorang hidup selama bertahun
tahun, menyentuh kehidupan banyak orang lain, dan
kemudian, pada ujung perjalanan, berakhir hanya sebagai
foto kecil serta beberapa paragraf didalam koran
koran itu dibuang maka berakhirlah semuanya" (166)

fiuuh..akhirnya selesai terbaca pada jam 4 pagi waktu set
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Jennifer
When the supply of available audiobooks is limited, this is the kind of thing I come up with. It's certainly not something I would have picked if I had had a significantly wider selection, and my guess about what kind of book it would be turned out to be fairly accurate. (Thank goodness for competent book designers who help us pick books by their covers.)

That said, I would recommend this book to somebody else who wasn't much like me. The ideal reader for this book shouldn't mind not having much
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Karen
Thoroughly enjoyed this "What is the meaning of life?" book. I'm just tough in granting stars. Three means I definitely liked the book. Four means it was very good. I hardly ever give fives; would mean that it was one of the best books ever!

I like deep books on this subject such as Frankl's "Mans Search for Meaning", Fromm's "Art of Loving", Kushner's "When Bad Things Happen to Good People", and others, but reading this light novel reminded me that it is best to keep philosophy as simple as the
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Auntie Pam
Questa Fannie Flagg proprio mi piace! Ha il giusto senso dello humor, scrive in modo scorrevole e divertente che fai fatica a mettere via il libro per addormentarti. La storia di questa dolce vecchina del sud mi ha proprio messo di buon umore. Il messaggio fondamentale è quello di vivere in santa pace senza dannarsi troppo cercando di migliorarsi e senza provare invidia o vendetta verso il tuo prossimo. Come sarebbe bello se davvero funzionasse tutto così... Chi leggerà questo libro scoprirà che ...more
Nancy
This book is my introduction to Fannie Flagg as an author, and I can't recall when I read such a delightful book! Ms. Flagg has written a charming, sprightly, totally enjoyable story about the quirky residents of Elmwood Springs, MO. Having lived in a couple of small towns in my life, I could appreciate one of the major points of this book -- how rapidly news can spread in a small community.

I won't go into the plot, because it is such fun to discover what is on the next page! I will leave my re
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Melissa
I've been a fan of Fannie Flagg for a very, very long time. And though none of her other books have quite matched Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man (you thought I was going to say Fried Green Tomatoes, didn't you?), they're still delights.
In this one, Elner Shimfissle dies. . . and then doesn't. Elner is one of those wonderful women who has lived in the same small town for her whole life and has touched just about everyone in that town. I really fell in love with Elner--from her goofy questions to t
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Meno
Fannie Flagg doesn't develop much of a story line in Can't Wait To Get To Heaven, but it doesn't matter. Her heroine, the delightful Elener Shimfizzle, a truly kind and quirky old lady, has collected a cast of characters worthy of several novels. The development of these characters, each one extraordinary in their ordinariness, makes for an engaging read. From her anxious ocd niece, Norma, to the arrogant lawyer, Winston Sprague, all are touched by Elener's goodness.
Ismaa Khan
Ok this is a feel good book, if you are looking for a profound serious book, give it a miss. I loved it, Flynn has given it lovable quirky characters and they made me smile, the story is fun to read yet thought provoking and many times it made me laugh.

It’s the story of the people in a small town specially Elner Shimfissle, who’s fall from a ladder is the main event of the book. It is lovingly written, the little follies and overlapping lives of the towns people, the caring and sharing is nicel
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Trish
i wish i could give this book more stars ! it is the sweetest book and i loved it . i cried through the first half of the book as this town dealt with the death of miss elnor . the little town is mired in greif at the loss . everyone is getting busy sending flowers and making cassaroles and sharing heartwarming memories of their friend . meanwhile miss elnor was busy taking a trip to heaven and waking up alive much to the shock of everyone . including the family members and one somber nurse who ...more
Mayda
Author Fannie Flagg is a storyteller unlike any other. Her unique characters come alive on the page with charming southern manners and somewhat unusual personalities. In this novel, Elner Shimfissle (the name says it all) finds herself in heaven even as her friends are mourning her passing. It is an adventure of a lifetime, so to speak, and Elner embraces it with her whole being. Filled with humor, Flagg gives her readers a glimpse of heaven and its inhabitants that is amazing in its simplicity ...more
Linda
Dec 12, 2013 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: shelf at ChCPL
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I didn't realized when I picked this up that it is the third (and last) of a series. It certainly stands on its own. Aunt Elner Shimthistle is confident that despite being in her 80s, she can still do everything she always has - such as climbing her fig tree to pick the fruit. Her niece and nephew-in-law have appointed themselves as her guardian angels. The niece, Norma, is not as patient with her aunt as her husband who stops in for coffee with Aunt Elner every day before heading to work.
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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater.

She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby G
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Elmwood Springs (3 books)
  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (Elmwood Springs, #1)
  • Standing in the Rainbow (Elmwood Springs, #2)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (Elmwood Springs, #1) Standing in the Rainbow (Elmwood Springs, #2) Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

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