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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,648 Ratings  ·  4,052 Reviews
The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and

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Hardcover, 347 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Random House (first published 2013)
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Dianah
Oct 17, 2013 Dianah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, arc, favorites
Oh, it’s a happy day when there is a brand new Fannie Flagg novel! There is something so comforting and soothing about diving into her version of small town Alabama. Here she follows two families; the Simmonses of Point Clear, Alabama in 2005 and the Jurdabralinskis of Pulaski, Wisconsin during WWII. Flagg deftly weaves the stories of her families closer together as the novel progresses, but the real fun in a Flagg novel is not necessarily the plot yielding its secrets, but much more so the jour ...more
Liz Waters
Oct 30, 2013 Liz Waters rated it it was amazing
“The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion”, a novel by Fannie Flagg is, in my opinion, her best work since “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”. This author can conjure up the characters of the old South like no one else, and I love getting lost in her books. And, that is exactly what I did with this one.

As usual, Flagg has made some excellent points in the fabric of her fiction. One is the homage paid to the WASPs (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II. These unsung un
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Alondra
Dec 16, 2013 Alondra rated it liked it
Woot-Woot!! Looks like I won this on the GoodReads giveaway!! This looks like a really fun book! :D

4 Stars - for the past. The flashback portions of this funny little novel, was funny, sad, and at times will make you angry and frustrated, but full of pride for our countrys past. The Jurdabralinski girls were funny and ahead of their time. I know they are fictional characters, but I am so proud of them!

3 stars - for the present. Sookie and Lenore's characters were too over-the-top for me. Sookie
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KatieMc
Fannie Flagg on Match Game

I watched more television in the 1970s than I care to admit to my book reading friends. It made an impression on me. I did not entirely understand everything that I watched, but sometimes I knew there was more than the what the canned laugh tracks might have implied. One of those impressionable shows was Match Game 75 or 76 or whatever year it was (needless to say that Bill Gates also watch television in the 70s). Match game had a celebrity panel filled with people that were clever and who seeme
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Margitte
From the same author of the popular book, as well as movie, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, comes this book of love and loss with women being the main characters. I was simply blown away to see that this book, which I got on a whim, received more than 19 000 ratings on GR!

This book commemorates the WASPS (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots)during WWII - the women who flew airplanes in their support of the war effort. A tale of family relationships, mother-daughter bonding, nature a
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Ang
Dec 29, 2013 Ang rated it did not like it
Listen, this was just not good. I don't know much about Fannie Flagg's publishing history, but I'm thinking she once was able to capture lightning in a bottle with the delightful and oh-so-lovable Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and she'll never ever be able to do it again. I think there was a strong (and potentially really great) idea behind this book, to highlight the WASPs of WWII (women pilots, essentially), and it was executed so insanely poorly that I just can't recommend it ...more
Nancy
Dec 04, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Readers of Fannie Flagg's novel Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! will no doubt remember Sookie Poole, loyal college roommate of TV morning show host Dena Nordstrom. Forty years later, the two are still close confidantes, but we learn a lot more about Sookie in Flagg's welcome new dramedy The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Random House, digital galley). For that matter, Sookie learns a lot more about Sookie, and thereby hangs Flagg's tale.

Unlike her pal Dena, Sookie Krackenberry Poole o
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Nicole
Nov 16, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
This was a really uneven book. The beginning was slow and too quirky for its own good. The middle was excellent and a few parts brought tears to my eyes (in a good way). The ending was predictable and threw in a gay character for absolutely no reason. (Is it a rule that every book written since 2005 has to be sympathetic to homosexuality?) So, it was hard to rate. I'd say read it for the fascinating information about WASPs during WW II, but skip over the rest, if you want.
Michael
Oct 08, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is said that life is full of surprises. For Sookie Poole who despite being seemingly a disappointment to her overbearing mother, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, who has spent her life trying to mold Sookie in her image, as a mother and a wife seemingly know's who she is as a person. Those thoughts will be shattered though when by accident she stumbles on her mothers darkest secret, something that will see Sookie not only question everything she has thought she has known in life but also her own ...more
Dawn
Jun 26, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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Darcy
This book got better as it went on. At first Suki drove me nuts, granted her mother was a piece, but still Suki created so much of her own drama. I didn't like how she acted when she found out she was adopted, she kept saying she wasn't so and so, that her mother wasn't her mother, in my opionon it was over kill. It got to the point that I kept hoping for Suki's part to get over, I liked the parts in the past much better. It was only as Suki accepted her life that things started to pick up.

I hat
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Elizabeth Ellen
Dec 04, 2013 Elizabeth Ellen rated it it was amazing
Dual adventures of dynamic women kept me turning pages until well past midnight. Fannie Flagg's characters are thoroughly engaging, with all the hangups and strengths of families from very different backgrounds.

One of the things I always enjoy is the author's grasp of the complexity of the interior life of Southern U.S. women (and men)---all liberated, but still working through expectations of culture, family, and society---handled with affection and humor. Equally strong in this story is the e
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Mike French
Feb 06, 2015 Mike French rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a Fannie Flagg novel and I so regret that after reading this one! It was non stop laughter to the end and plenty of twists and turns to make it one of my favorite books in long time.
Mitch
May 03, 2014 Mitch rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
This book started out with a healthy dose of Fannie Flagg's southern humor, so I thought I had something good in my hands.

Regretfully, I found out otherwise.

First, the book is not about an all-girl filling station or a reunion- it primarily concerns itself with a woman's search for identity along with a second story line about women pilots in World War II. So- catchy title, but misleading.

Secondly, the characters would occasionally act so far over the top that things deteriorated into complete f
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Dale Harcombe
Oct 28, 2014 Dale Harcombe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you find a book that you just fall in love with. Being a fan of Fannie Flagg and having thoroughly enjoyed her other books, I was rapt to find this on the library shelves the other day. It no sooner came home and I was into it, chuckling along while at the same time enthralled with how easily Fannie Flagg draws characters. They effortlessly pull you into their world and make you want to keep reading. I resented anything that took me away from this book. It is a sheer delight.
Sookie, a
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Kasa Cotugno
Some feel that Southerners are the best storytellers. Like the Irish, they know the value of a tale that has an intriguing premise, a lot of history, and a satisfying resolution. Fannie Flagg is such an artist. Her books have several threads of commonality, great story is only one element,. Her characters are strong, her humor, never far from the surface. There is a whiff of a mystery, and the resolution makes sense. As with her other stories, there is a female resolve of strength, and her ladie ...more
Zora
Jan 04, 2014 Zora rated it did not like it
Made it 1/3 of the way through. Here's what happened in that part of the book.

A woman fed some birds
A woman read a letter and reacted to it (and kept reacting and kept on and kept on)
We flash back 80 years and get info-dump background about a family.
In olden times, a girl cleans a toilet

And if the humor was funny or the modern timeline woman was anything but despicable and useless, I might keep going. But the humor wasn't funny (name foreign people funny-sounding names! hahahaha, not) and I pure
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Erica
This was one of those that came across my desk and piqued my interest. While it wasn't quite what I think I'd expected (not that I remember what I'd expected), it was enjoyable.

Sookie.
I know this woman. I know several versions of this woman and while I understand how these women are made and why they are the way they are, it doesn't make me love them any more. These women, the ones who exist for everyone else, the ones who have no self-definition, the ones who pitter and dither and are the mercy
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Savvy
Nov 30, 2013 Savvy rated it it was amazing
Ms Flagg is a natural born story-teller and this novel is such a delight! I listened to the audio version which is read by the author in her authentic southern drawl. It is a heartwarming, occasionally laugh out loud romp through the "family secrets" that, as is usual, surface at some point in most families.

The mother/daughter dynamics were well drawn and often hysterical. A special kind of southern 'kill em' with guilt trips' engaging charm!

Flipping back and forth in time, we meet some very int
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EDian
Dec 04, 2013 EDian rated it it was amazing
Fannie Flagg has never written a bad book. The characters she creates are so real and are not your standard females of their time. This novel has two stories told in alternating chapters. Mrs Sookie Poole is about to become an empty nester with her husband after marrying off her third daughter. But the she has her take no prisoner I'm in charge notice me Southern belle of a mother to contend with. Like most women facing the empty nest who has devoted her life to being a mother, wife and daughter ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 07, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
3.5 Sookie has just managed to get all her daughters married and is looking forward to some time for herself, maybe to read a book. I can sympathize. Her mother, who is loosing it mentally, and is a character to boot, has other ideas. Sookie finds out her family history is not what she thought it was and this turns into a sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, quest.

Fannie Flagg has such a great job of detailing her characters lives, making them quirky and amusing, larger than life people. This
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Jane Claes
Feb 08, 2015 Jane Claes rated it it was amazing
Once again Fannie Flagg has created memorable characters and a story that makes you laugh, cry, and think. Flagg captures the zaniness of the southern magnolia belle in crisis. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this book. I was sorry when it came to an end. AND I learned a lot I did not know about the WASPs --Women's Air Service Pilots during World War II. These heroic women deserve to have their story told.
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Mrs Earle Poole Jr – Sookie to her family and friends – is having her usual challenges. The blue jays are monopolizing the feeders, leaving the little birds without sustenance. At least she’s managed to get her third daughter safely married and off on her honeymoon, so maybe now Sookie can rest for a bit. Well, except for managing her mother, Lenore, who is as wacky and demanding as ever. Sookie can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations that she “behave like a Simmons” – polishing the f ...more
prettybooks
Apr 23, 2015 prettybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un très gros coup de coeur ! Fannie Flagg est tellement douée! Un roman touchant, très bien rythmé grâce à une intrigue qui a su être très bien menée et aux surprises qui interviennent au fil de la lecture. Une histoire qui nous fait rencontrer deux femmes particulières auxquelles on s’attache beaucoup, et qui nous raconte une histoire terriblement touchante sur deux générations. Humour et bonheur garanti ! <3

Ma chronique : https://myprettybooks.wordpress.com/2...
Judi/Judith Riddle
This is definitely not Fannie Flagg’s best work. I haven’t read all of her novels and of the ones I have read this is the worst. I wasn’t raised in the south but I was raised by southern parents who taught me the southern rituals like one hand in your lap while eating and no hats ever at the table, etc. I lived in Atlanta for 20 years and Huntsville, Alabama for 7 years. For most of that time I was a single mom of 2 with no child support. I think these circumstances gives me the right to call my ...more
Maine Colonial
Nov 01, 2013 Maine Colonial rated it really liked it
Sookie Poole is exhausted. She's just finished the third wedding of a child in a year, she is losing in her battle to get the bluejays to leave some birdseed for the little birds, and then there's her mother, Lenore Krackenberry, a/k/a Winged Victory.

Lenore is 88--or is that the speed of all her plans and demands? She is a domineering mother, queen bee of all Point Clear, Alabama, social life, and pretty close to certifiably crazy. The last thing that Sookie needs is a registered letter that wi
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I adore Fannie Flagg's southern fiction, and was thrilled to learn of a new release. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is a heartwarming tale of family, idenity and flying.

Sookie (Sarah Jane) Poole is a timid fifty nine year old wife and mother in Pt Clear, Alabama. She has never doubted who she is, despite being a continual disappointment to her mother, the imperious Southern matriarch Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, until she accidentally learns her mothers darkest secret.

The dual narra
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Tara Chevrestt
I have so many good things to say about this...I'm just going to skim over the plotline real quick...

Sookie is almost 60 years old, with the mother from hell. While she wasn't physically abused, she was emotionally and mentally put down all her life. She's always been pressured into being the perfect Simmons, into going to this school, doing this or that, and now her life revolves around taking care of the old ungrateful hag.

And one day she finds out she was never a Simmons at all, so what was a
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Sidna
Dec 19, 2013 Sidna rated it liked it
I enjoy Fannie Flagg's writing and as soon as I saw she had written a new book, I wanted to read it, but I have mixed feelings about this book. When I have seen Fannie Flagg on tv, she is always very funny. I didn't find this book to be particularly humorous.

What I found interesting in the book was information about the role of female pilots during World War II. As Flagg points out in the book, the role of these women was largely hidden by the military until recently. We felt that we were the f
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Shirley Schwartz
Dec 11, 2013 Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
Ms. Fannie Flagg has done it again. Her latest novel is pure Fannie. It's lots of fun, heartwarming and a marvelous study of people and human nature. And there is never a dull moment in this rollicking tale of a straight-laced southern girl called Sookie Poole (Sarah Jane). Sookie lives with her husband Earl in Point Clear, Alabama. She is a 59 year old mother of four grown children. She has just come off a harrowing two years of marrying off her three daughters when she receives a package in th ...more
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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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