Also on hand are tractor salesman Ham Sparks, who becomes amazingly successful in politics, despite his marriage to overwhelmingly shy Betty Raye Oatman, and well-liked mortician Cecil Figgs, a sponsor of Neighbor Dorothy, who, as a bachelor in the mid-century South, also enjoys a secret life.
The effects of changing social mores are handled deftly; historical events as they impact little Elmwood Springs are duly noted, and everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade. Copyright Cahners Business Information, Inc. Flagg brings her readers back to s Elmwood, MO, when a family of white gospel singers bursts into town. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Ballantine Books August 3, Publication Date: August 3, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention fannie flagg standing in the rainbow small town elmwood springs neighbor dorothy welcome to the world fried green baby girl green tomatoes world baby springs missouri betty raye hamm sparks flagg books aunt elner radio show highly recommend anna lee love fannie feel like. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There is a kind of poetry to Fannie Flagg's folksy dialog.
The characters are well-defined and memorable, and mostly lovable. Like Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon and Jan Karon's fictional Mitford, Fannie Flagg's Elmwood Springs, Missouri beckons us to take a vacation from the real world and relax in the warmth of an Americana dream, which is slowly and sadly giving way to modern complexities. I loved all of Fannie Flagg's books.
And much as a painter may create several canvasses depicting a single place, so does Fannie Flagg write four novels that depict Elmwood Springs. There are time overlaps among the novels, and the characters reappear, of course, but each one gives a slightly different view. I didn't read them in order because I didn't even know they were a series!
It turns out that it's okay, though. A pleasant, humorous tale, full of life and love and happiness. Kind of like a wonderful dessert without calories. Little of it will stick to your ribs, but the overall effect is morally and spiritually uplifting, renewing your faith in the goodness of people. You wish they were your neighbors. In this book she introduces us to Elwood Springs, Missouri where Neighbor Dorothy is a popular radio personality; Tot is accident prone and Aunt Elner adopts a series of ginger colored cats.
At a pharmacists convention Dorothy meets the gospel singers of the Oatman family. Hamm Sparks comes to town selling tractors, but he is ambitious. After a brief career an agricultural agent, Hamm runs for governor and wins. But a few years later his shy wife Betty Rae is the governor.
How did that happen? The cast of characters is too large to mention them all. The hardware store closes as super stores and malls change the landscape in town, but many of the same people are still there sharing their lives. Dorothy chronicles much of it on her radio program.
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You will enjoy the down home goodness of these characters, and Flagg being the hopeful novelist that she is allows her character little time to mourn the changes they dislike. This is a hopeful novel about the last half of the last century. One person found this helpful. No one else creates characters like Fannie Flagg. The day to day lives of these somewhat mundane people takes on a vibrancy that reveals the zeitgeist of an era.
Fannie Flagg has an amazing talent for not just writing a solid novel, but for creating a place and people in a way that makes it seem real. And for making her readers wish they could be transported to that place. I fell in love with all the people Fanny Flagg created in "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" and, lo and behold, here they all were in "Standing in the Rainbow"! The kind of people you just might have met in the '40's in a lot of small towns all over America. This book covers some 30 years in their lives and, I promise you, when you get to the end, you will not want it to end!
With this book, you will laugh a little, cry a little and want to be a part of their lives. It is just plain that good! It is such a well written book and the story is wonderful! I absolutely love this book and the sequels. Fannie Flagg has an uncanny ability to create interesting characters that make the reader feel as if we know them personally. While her books are quick reads, the stories are funny and thought provoking, and I find myself unable to put her books down.
This is a sweet book that makes the reader long for simpler times and a sense of community. See all reviews.
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