Tuesday, 28 February 2017

It's Tuesday - and booksday!

The All - Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Fannie Flagg

Sookie has just married off her last daughter in Alabama and it seems the biggest issue in her life is to keep the Bluejays from eating all the bird food before the little ones have their share. It seems 2005 is going to be her year to at last relax until a package arrives for her dominating elderly mother . Sookie opens it up as she does with all her mother's affairs she had to take over and it changes the whole way she thinks about herself - who she is and where she belongs. The package sends her back to Pulanski Wisconsin in 1941 and the world of the Jurdabralinski sisters and how World war II not only affected the men fighting but also the whole of America. 

The book seamlessly moves between the two time frames and is filled with wonderful characters that really come to life. I love how I could picture almost every one of them in my head - not only in the way they looked but how I would imagine they sound and hold themselves. The description of the places that house the book is rich and colourful and one can clearly imagine living there.

What I particularly enjoyed about the book was that I learned a bit of history that I had no idea even took place. Did you know that the first US female pilots were already recruited in World War II? It is a fascinating piece of history and have prompted me to do a bit of research myself.

I totally fell in love with  Fanny Flagg's writing - it is so charming and easy to read. You may remember "Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle stop cafe" - her best know book (turned into a lovely movie). If you loved it this book will not disappoint. It is a great family saga well told with lots of sensitivity. Many laughs but also a tear or two.

A great 9/10 for a great read. 





8 comments:

  1. Grrr I'm just jealous that you have reading time, I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I'm not even on pg 50 of 'Not Without a Fight' and I started it weeks ago.

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    1. I do think we sometimes fall into a bit of a slump. I consciously make time to read and that helps. And no TV - the big secret

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    2. Oddly we hardly watch TV either maybe 1 episode of something about 3 times a week and a movie about once a month which we sometimes watch over 2 nights. Obviously my time management just sucks

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  2. Dit klink regtig na 'n moet-lees! Waar kry mens tog ooit genoeg tyd?

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    1. Nooit ooit genoeg tyd nie - ek sal heeldag net lees as ek kon

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  3. I've got this one on my side table to read - glad it's a good one!

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