Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2006
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-0409-9 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN $20.97
Fannie Flagg, the incomparable Southern writer and actress, returns to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, to paint and portray feisty, inquisitive octogenarian Elner Shimfissle. Elner falls out of her fig tree and is presumed dead. While her family and friends mourn, she makes a “temporary” visit to heaven, where she runs into her deceased sister, Ida, as well as Ginger Rogers and Tom Edison. When she “returns,” she shares details of her experience with her niece as well as communicating her thoughts on the wisdom of life and its meaning with townspeople. While this touching slice of Southern life stands well on its own, having Flagg herself breathe life, love, and laughter into her heroine and her acquaintances, living and dead, makes for the most rewarding and entertaining experience of the year. M.T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 06/ JAN 07]
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