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Standing in the Rainbow

(Elmwood Springs #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  14,549 ratings  ·  1,003 reviews
Good news! Fannie’s back in town--and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel.

Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warr
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Published August 6th 2002 by Random House Audio (first published 1998)
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Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know, sometimes I just need a book that is not going to scare me, get my hackles raised, or make me sad and depressed. This is the perfect book to cleanse the soul after reading some heavy books. I had been reading "The Alienist" and "Wicked", but I found myself feeling so heavy and sad. So I put the books down and went to find something light and airy.

I love this book. It's sweet. It's a throwback to times when neighbors actually knew each other and liked each other. It's a feel good book
Rachel M
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt such a sense of nostalgia when I read this book, for a place and time I never experienced. It's the same feeling I get when I watch A Christmas Story or It's a Wonderful Life.
When you're little and you get sick, you always know there's a place for you on Mom's lap - there is a comfort in knowing that you will be taken care of.
I never experienced the 40s and 50s, but I sense from that time that the same secure feeling existed - a confidence in the greatness of America, and its ability t
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is my 3rd Fannie Flagg book. I've readFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. I enjoyed the humor in those and she knows how to create endearing characters. This book also had some very memorable characters that were well drawn. I love that.

This one started off strong. It reminded me of reading old-time newspapers from doing genealogy research. Crazy personal stories appeared in the local newspapers. In some ways, this book sounded like
Ron Charles
Fannie Flagg, the queen of fried green tomatoes and small town farce, comes on like a thunder storm of sentimental humor. You can run for cover under the awning of Great Literature, you can put up an umbrella of sophisticated disdain, but it's no use: Once you're caught in this warm downpour of kitschy comedy, you quickly give in and start singing in the rain.

Her latest novel, "Standing in the Rainbow," opens with a statement "To the Public at Large" from old Mrs. Tot Whooten, the ridiculously u
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
This is my first Fannie Flagg book, but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this book. Reading it was like talking to my 86 year old Nanie on a Sunday afternoon. You could be talking about the neighbor's dogs with her one minute and the tone never changes when you switch and talk about a relative with a serious illness. Then you are back discussing the high price of tomatoes, all in a five minute conversation. I got caught up on the comings and goings of the novel's small community, just like ...more
Debbie Zapata
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sundaze2018
This book was wonderful and would have earned five stars except that at one point it stopped being so wonderful and slid to just good. Note to Self: If you ever manage to begin writing stories like you have threatened to do for years, never allow a somewhat minor character to take over the story and change its tone. Especially if said character is in politics and might remind your audience of too many things in real life that they are trying to escape from for a few hours.

So like I said, this bo
Julie Paugh
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general
I'm sorry, but this book was just 'okay' for me. While it shared the same tone and humor as "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" it lacked the heart and soul. Like FGTATWSC, it chronicles the lives of a family and community of a small town; it begins in the 1940's and extends into the '90's. My biggest problem with this book is that there was no story to it. It was entertaining most of the way through and felt fun to visit the characters like they were my own friends and family but it ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was kind of a strange book. It didn't really have a plot but was more a series of anecdotes about a bunch of people. I also didn't realize until I had finished it that it was a prequel (though written after) another of her books.

The characters were all appropriately quirky and most of the stories about them were interesting but as the book progressed I felt like I was lacking any real connection to any of them. So, while I enjoyed it, I can't say I loved it (and I generally like Flagg's boo
Martha Davis
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love Fannie Flagg. There are just no two ways about it. She could write her shopping list and I would read it. She writes about people I want to know and places I want to live. Her worlds are the way we want to the world to be, the world we think of when we think back nostalgically to “the way it used to be”.

I read Standing in the Rainbow when it first came out and, of course, loved it. Then awhile back I was clicking through my libraries list of downloadable audio books and saw it listed and th
AshleyA (MamaNeedsBooks)
Love Fannie Flagg! And listening to her books? Even better.
This is what they'd call a homespun yarn. Following this yarn was like being led through a very long, very pointless labyrinth. And not an interesting labyrinth, but a plain beige labyrinth in which you go snow blind from the featurelessness of it all. And in the monotony of the labyrinth, somewhere, the hair prickling up your neck, you realise with mounting dread, there are REPUBLICANS!

The whole book is the most chronic piece of self-idyll-mythologising bullshit you ever read. The twee white br
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is nice to imagine a town such as the one depicted in this book. This is a fun positive read where you meet an interesting collection of characters and see them develop over the years.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, the question: "What did you think?" I feel like I'm cheating this one only giving it 3 stars, but there were parts in the middle why I was wondering why I was reading it at all. It definitely got better.

This is not the type of story I normally read. I would not have picked this one up, and I guess I really didn't. My sister Jackie handed it to me as I was leaving after a recent visit to "the condo." And I'm guessing the reason behind the reason she did is a character in the story with our
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Fannie Flagg understands how small towns in the Midwest used to be, how they changed and how they got flattened by malls built on the outskirts of town. She writes of Neighbor Dorothy, who broadcasts her daily show from her living room. Dorothy reminded me so much of a friend's mother, "Gert," who was known by everyone in their small town on the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

The characters were believable - I knew those people - they just had different names. That the young people grew up and left
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I couldn't find the plot that was supposed to capture my interest. There were at least 10 main characters who all had stories going on. Sometimes those stories intermingled and sometimes they didn't. If someone asked me who the main character was, I wouldn't be able to say. There were big chunks devoted key people like Hamm and Betty Raye, Dorothy, Bobby and Norma, but there wasn't a single plot line that followed through the entire novel. It was really about the passage of time. The book walks ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book starts in 1946 in Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Neighbor Dorothy has a live radio show out of her living room. Fannie describes all the characters in town and tells bits and pieces of their lives throughout a fifty year period. I know that some of the characters cross over to at least one of her other books. I was quite frustrated with the first half of the book. There just didn’t seem to be a story that ran together. Then she spends about 10 chapters on one couple, leaving you the feelin ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I enjoyed the first third or so of this book, even though it was an obvious reboot of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Dot Weems and her paper have become Dot Smith and her radio show, and Stump's daughter Norma and hubby Mackey have become a different Norma and Mackey in this book. There's a diner and a hairdresser, but this time they are minor scenarios, and a big "mystery disappearance" (the explanation of which was eyerollingly bad). However, when she got into all the politics ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La storia si dipana in Missouri, esattamente nella piccola cittadina di Elmwood Springs, dal dopoguerra agli anni '90.
È un romanzo ricco di personaggi, alcuni dei quali molto pittoreschi, di cui seguiamo le vicende personali e come queste sono in relazione con le vite e le altre vicende di tutti i cittadini della piccola comunità.
Ognuno di essi ha una caratteristica che lo rende unico, a cominciare dal piccolo Bobby che rende turbolenta la vita della famiglia Smith, o di Norma, la più ansiosa
Liam Russell
Although this offering didn’t resonate as strongly with me as some of the author’s other books, it was still a worthy read that made some good points. Certain moments were particularly nostalgic or poignant to me, and of course other scenes were hilarious. It illustrates well how the ordinary (and not so ordinary) days of our lives are pieces of what eventually, together, become our life-story arc. If you can appreciate small moments in a snippet of daily life without any expectations, you shoul ...more
La Libridinosa
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle e mezzo
пора видимо прекращать читать эти книжки, они всё хуже) очень много лишних, ненужных линий здесь, а интересная, по сути, одна - про женщину-губернатора. было бы лучше оставить только ее.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I enjoyed the first part (1940s - 1950s) more than the later bits (1960s - 1980s). It had a very familiar, "home-y" feeling, and I think if my dad (born in 1942) had grown up in Missouri instead of northern Alberta, his childhood would have been very similar to this. There was also quite a bit about southern gospel singing groups, which my dad loves. Not my thing, but I have a feeling that if I heard these songs now (in small doses, mind), it would just make me nostalgic and put a smile on my fa ...more
Note: For the most part, I listened to this as an audiobook.

I almost gave up on this book - almost. If I had been following the 50-page rule, I would have given up on this book. But I am so so SO glad that I didn't. It started out as a mildly interesting audiobook. At that point I probably would have given it only 2.5*, with an added half star taking it to 3.0* because it has a very very good narrator. But it wasn't compelling and it took me almost a week just to make it through the first few CD
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Non avevo mai letto nulla di Fannie Flagg, non perché non la conoscessi, quanto perché proprio non mi ispirava come autrice. Per cui, quando ho iniziato questo libro, speravo di poter modificare la mia idea iniziale sulla scrittrice, in modo tale da apprezzarla come fanno molti che conosco.
E invece mi dispiace dire che alla fine della fiera il libro non ha fatto che confermare quella che prima era solo una mia idea.

Il libro è veramente, ma veramente lento. E il problema sta tutto nel numero infi
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: Julie-Rochester book club
What a pleasant read! This is the perfect book if you're a "read before bed" kind of reader. The chapters are short and it's easy to read just a few, feel like you reached a stopping place and have a content night's sleep. This was recommended to me by a book club friend because I was sans book at the moment. I'm glad I read it.
It follows the lives of several people in small town America (later in the book a character actually petitions the town board to change their slogan to "The Most Middle T
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So have you ever read that book that was entertaining were sure it was NEVER going to end? Well, that was this book.

I love Fannie Flagg, but she has a strange and somehow wonderful quality to write about what can only be described as "every day life" and still make it a point.

I liked this book, don't get me wrong, it's just...a book about nothing really. There's no one main character, there's no one protagonist or antagonist, it's just...a really long drawn out story o
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay - I've been a fan of most Flagg books I've read, but this was too much for me... The first half, while sometimes having too much info, was a sweet, tasty slice of Post WWII America, but as the decades went by I felt she lost her balance; We get a 3 page slap across the face outlining the sudden death of a beloved character and an interminable chunk (30? 50? More pages) of the political drama and rat race of a character who gets more irritating by the word... Fannie! WHAT were you thinking?? ...more
Diana Jodoin
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently picked up ...Green Tomatoes to re-read and was reminded how much I enjoy Flagg's writing. I quickly moved on (and through, easy reads) Welcome to the World, Baby Girl and this one - Standing in the Rainbow. The rhythm of her writing is soothing and funny and familiar. It feels as though a favorite aunt is telling these stories to you. So many colorful and beloved characters. It may not win awards (or it may) but Fannie Flagg's books continue to be some of my favorites and hold a speci ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Linda by: middle book of 3 book series
Shelves: audio, ill-chcpl, fiction
With this, I finish Fannie Flagg's Elmwood Springs series - out of order. The order isn't really important, it's all the characters - Aunt Elner Shimfissle, Macky and Norma Warren, Tot Whooten, and Dorothy Smith with her radio show.
The characters are alive and familiar quickly to this reader (listener). I'm glad I still have other of Fannie Flagg's books to go. She is always a reliable voice for bringing a shake to my head and a smile to my lips.
Fannie Flagg is gifted with timeless literary richness, painting heartfelt joys and sorrows of life, love, community and the hopeful human spirit. Along with all the nuances, idiosyncrasies, frailties, and strengths that go hand-in-hand with small town American living. "Standing In The Rainbow" gives readers a sense of honorary next door neighbor statues and a warm embracing extended family welcome. A delightful read.
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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, Bab ...more

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