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Can't Wait To Get To Heaven by Fannie Flagg

Can't Wait To Get To Heaven (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Fannie Flagg

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Title:Can't Wait To Get To Heaven
Authors:Fannie Flagg
Info:Ballantine Books (2007), Edition: Later Printing, Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (2006)


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excellent--women dies and half of book describes her life and was she dreaming or did she go to heaven (the latter). other half of book about life of neighbors of woman and town --relationship to god and life explored. lots of humor. ( )
  lhaines56 | Feb 7, 2015 |
I just loved the sound of this book, and it came highly recommended, by Janet Evanovich among others. I read it and loved it. It is quite similar in theme to a memoir I read some time ago, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? - about Ellen, raised in a Christian home, who is Christian and yet resists a lot of the cultural and family baggage that goes with that; her husband divorces her because she can't have children - and he's already found a replacement. She returns home where there are a lot of unresolved issues and new problems between her parents (financial), her sister (emotionally wounded from having to have a baby and put it up for adoption), and her brother (gay). There's a new guy, a really good guy, too-good-to-be-true guy, who has a major secret. And there are a lot of work complications, since her new boss is the husband of her old high school nemesis. I found a great deal in this book rang true to life and my own observations and experiences, so that might be one reason I liked it so much. ( )
  MarthaHuntley | Oct 18, 2014 |
Don't see what the fuss is all about. I didn't like it, the syrupy story just didn't appeal to me. ( )
  AlexandraCCL | Oct 10, 2014 |
While I am sure there are some that would find this disturbing with God having various "nameplates" and looking like a good friend of yours, I LOVED this vision of what heaven may indeed be like.
The various people's response to this sweet old lady dieing is exactly the way many of us want to be remembered....including the worry about dieing in that old tattered robe. ( )
  FaithLibrarian | Sep 7, 2014 |
funny, touching, totally different kind of story. I really never knew what might happen next. ( )
  booksniff | Aug 20, 2014 |
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There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
--Albert Einstein
To my good friend Peggy Hadley
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After Elner Shimfissle accidentally poked that wasps' nest up in her fig tree, the last thing she remembered was thinking "Uh-oh."
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Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.

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Back in Elmwood Springs, Missouri the experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ask the question "Why are we here"?

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