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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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A light, quite humorous book with an array of characters. Funny, funny. Cleverly told with even a good twist near the end and a recipe on the CD. I quite enjoyed this upbeat story. It's about an elderly woman who dies and all the commotion surrounding that, only to find out hours later she isn't dead and is doing fine. That causes even more, varied commotion, and the brief visit to heaven was great fun. The details in the book are funny, too. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
4 stars! ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
It seems Flagg wanted to revisit the idyllic town of Elmwood Springs, and I'm so glad she did. The character of Aunt Elner is so wonderful and wise, each one of us should take a page from her book. She doesn't know what she means to the people around her, which makes her all the more endearing. This is nearly a comedy of errors but with a lovely, heartwarming thread running throughout. Very much enjoyed. ( )
  EmScape | Sep 19, 2016 |
Not her best work - but reminds you to treat life as a gift and take one day at a time. Be nice to people. ( )
  swade79 | Aug 28, 2016 |
A light read with lots of humor. This story about small-town America is very funny, with plenty of quirky characters and goings on. When the well-loved Elner Shimfissle, a feisty old lady with lots of personality, dies after a freak accident, she goes directly to heaven because she lived by the golden rule, treating others the way she wanted to be treated. Once there, she meets up with her dead sister who explains that everyone is ushered into Heaven by someone special to them and the experience is tailor-made for each individual. (This reminds me of The Lovely Bones, where everyone has his or her own version of heaven.) Elner then meets God: his name is Raymond, he’s married to Dorothy, smokes a pipe, is God to all religions and faiths, and has a tendency to make mistakes and misjudgments. Very heretical for true believers who I’m sure went nuts because the after life was depicted as pleasant and not all hell and damnation! Although the plot is silly, Flagg manages to cover some serious social issues, such as racism, terrorism, and religion. Ultimately, it has a nice message: carpe diem and do good and maybe you’ll have a positive impact on someone along the way. ( )
  sushitori | Jun 2, 2016 |
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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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