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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  13,497 ratings  ·  2,460 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 November 1st 2013)
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Dianah
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
“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...more
Alondra
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...more
Nancy
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...more
Dawn
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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...more
Ang
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
Elizabeth Ellen
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...more
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...more
Nicole
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.
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...more
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
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...more
Savvy
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...more
EDian
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.
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...more
Zora
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...more
Book Concierge
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
Alayna Likens
This was such a fun book to read. The characters were so easy to fall im love with. This was definitly a feel good book. And i loved the way you were brought back in time.
Maine Colonial
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...more
MissSusie
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel by Fannie Flagg

This is my new favorite Fannie Flagg book! This had just the right amount of humor, emotion, and family drama to make it a perfect mix and a great story.

Mrs. Sookie Poole has accidently found out some life altering information, that changes how she sees herself and who she thinks she is, which honestly she was already struggling with before any of this happened, since she just married off her last daughter. She has an overbearin...more
Marialyce
Well, from my one star rating, I guess you can tell this book was not a hit with me. I found it dull, lacking content, and the main character Sookie annoyed the living daylights out of me. As those who know me know, I dislike weak sniveling woman characters and Snookie fit the bill of the aforementioned to a tea.

Wish I could have liked it more as I feel I might have disappointed my book friends who I was reading this with. This was my first Fannie Flagg book and perhaps it is the worst of those...more
Sidna
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...more
Jeannie Walker
Fannie Flagg is one of those fantastic authors whose tales are enchanting. She knows how to write twists and turns that hook a reader and keep them hooked right up to the last page.
In this adventurous and fun filled novel, I almost thought I could be Sookie's sister. I love watching birds gathering around my birdfeeder. I always put sunflower seeds in my feeders, especially for the cardinals that are so brilliantly colored. But, it always seems the first birds to show up are the blue jays that...more
Shirley Schwartz
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
Harry Allagree
I think every young woman in America should read this marvelous novel! It's a poignant reminder of the vast contribution to our society which women, particularly during World War II, gave & continue to give. It reveals some of the secret aviation history of the WASP women who flew before & better than a lot of male pilots. The military complex, in typical fashion, largely disregarded their efforts, except when it served the military's purpose, and treated them shamefully. All kept under...more
Barbara
I love Fannie Flagg and am so grateful every time she publishes a book. Her books are southern chic-lit at it’s best. She writes of strong women trying to get through their lives the best way they can. And there is always a few whacky characters that are fun to read. This novel does not disappoint. It’s two stories told from two women’s prospective. In one, Sookie Poole is looking forward to living her empty nest life with her wonderful husband Earle. The next is of a fiesty first generation Pol...more
Nancy J
Fic Mrs. Sookie Poole of Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her three daughters and is looking forward o relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with now is her mother, the formidable and imposing Lenore Simmons Krackenberry—never an easy task. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a shocking secret about her mo...more
Roz
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I must say it was delightful. Fannie Flagg is a wonderful storyteller. This is the story of a woman who has lived her whole life thinking she is the daughter of the south with a domineering mother, only to find out by accident that she isn't who she thinks she is. The action switches between the present in Alabama and the years leading up to and during the WWII years in Minnesota and Texas. The characters, primarily women, were strong, often fun...more
Jen Knox
I love Fannie Flagg. She's always fun to read because her characters are so alive that they jump off the page and shake you by the shoulders. Southern charm, deception, identity issues and humor summarize this book. Underneath all this, there's a larger question: How much of who we are is situational and how much is handed down from family? How much control do we really have over our lives when a single piece of information can change reality as we know it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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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...more
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