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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  31,356 Ratings  ·  4,822 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 09, 2013 Dianah rated it it was amazing
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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 28, 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
Oct 05, 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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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 27, 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
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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Nancy
Nov 18, 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
Oct 14, 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.
Pamela
UPDATE 3/11/17 - following original review.

If you're in need of an uplifting novel wrapped in southern charm, brimming with eccentric characters and rollicking humor, Fannie Flagg is sure to please. "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" was so laugh-out-loud hysterical I had to occasionally put the book down just to keep from rolling off the sofa. Dealing with a flamboyant aging mother besot with delusions of grandeur is challenging enough for sweet and gentle daughter, Sookie, but add
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Michael
Nov 08, 2013 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
Oct 03, 2013 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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Mitch
May 03, 2014 Mitch rated it it was ok
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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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Victoria
May 08, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5/5

Une histoire pleine de tendresse et de vie, qui évoque un aspect mal connu du rôle des femmes dans la seconde guerre mondiale, et pourtant très important. J'ai adoré les personnages hyper attachants et l'ambiance du récit, autant dans le présent que dans le passé. La dernière partie m'a beaucoup émue, et je recommanderai avec grand plaisir cette lecture à toutes les femmes de mon entourage.
Mike French
Feb 28, 2014 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.
Elizabeth Ellen
Nov 23, 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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Mel_lis_ca
Une chose est sûre, Fanny Flag sait raconter des histoires et les rendre vivantes ! Je ne regrette pas d'avoir découvert cette auteur ! C'était un roman agréable, facile à lire, plutôt "léger" au sens où on ne se pose pas de questions en le lisant. C'était exactement ce que j'en attendais et je ne suis donc pas déçue. Ce n'est certes pas un coup de cœur mais j'ai tout de même apprécié cette lecture, surtout pour ce qu'elle m'a appris sur la Seconde Guerre Mondiale et les WASP, ces femmes pilotes ...more
Zora
Jan 03, 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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Dale Harcombe
Jul 26, 2013 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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Léa
Je n'ai pas du tout été convaincue par ce roman.

L'histoire de Frizie et des WASP est pourtant très intéressante. Je ne connaissais pas du tout le rôle que ces femmes avaient joué lors de la seconde guerre mondiale et je suis contente d'en savoir un peu plus aujourd'hui.

Mais (il y a ici un énorme Mais), j'ai trouvé le personnage de Sookie absolument énervant et stupide (notamment au début. Elle s'améliore à la fin du roman), son histoire est complètement creuse et la fin bien trop Happy End. J'
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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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Melissa
Sep 16, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Fannie Flagg's writing, but it's been a while since I last picked up one of her books. (I'm embarrassed to say how long ago!) I had purchased this book a while back, but hadn't managed to fit it in my queue yet, so I decided to check out the audio version instead.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is an entertaining and captivating story. Honestly, it started a bit slow, but I decided to stick with it because, well, Fannie Flagg! It picked up pace after a bit and th
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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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
This is not a typical read for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author reads her own work for the audio version; her twang have it an authentic quaintness. I had to reread the synopsis because I was THIS CLOSE to a big reveal. Much soul searching is threaded throughout the plot leading to a very happy ending for all the characters. If one is searching for an upbeat novel or needs a read to lift spirits, this book is the pick
Deborah Pickstone
I enjoyed this, though it's not Fannie Flagg's best novel. The past stuff about the Wasps was good but the two main protagonists in the present day were woefully stereotyped. However, as the book went on they came more into focus and overall, Flagg's humour seeped through. Sookie's children turned out to be an amazing support.
Stephanie
May 15, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
deux histoires légères et touchantes qui se rejoignent dans le temps. j'aime beaucoup ce genre de livre. On dévore les pages pour connaître les détails de cette corrélation.
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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
Savvy
Nov 18, 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
Nov 29, 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 ☔
Jul 26, 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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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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