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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
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Jun 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read in June, 2011

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 know Ida's real age.

Elner is pronounced dead and her family and neighbors swing into action getting ready for her funeral. Her friends feed her cat and clean her house. Her obituary is prepared at the local paper. Even her favorite radio station airs the news of her demise. The number of requests at the florist is huge. Each person has a recollection of Elner, many of them funny, most of them sweet. Many people have good reasons to be glad they knew her.

In the meantime, Elner gets to go to heaven and ask all the questions she's had. Her first one: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I'm not telling the answer, but it's good to finally know.

Fannie Flagg has a large cast of characters in this book, but each one is so memorable it's easy to keep them all straight.
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