By Fannie Flagg
Combining southern heat with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers again to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, the place the main not likely and staggering reports of a high-spirited octogenarian motivate a city to examine the age-old query: Why are we here?
Life is the strangest factor. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, settling on figs, and the subsequent factor she understands, she is off on an event she by no means dreamed of, operating into humans she by no means in 1000000 years anticipated to satisfy. in the meantime, again domestic, Elner’s frightened, high-strung niece Norma faints and lands up in mattress with a chilly rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes instantly to the Bible; her truck driving force pal, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler right into a ditch–and the whole city is thrown for a loop and left considering, “What is lifestyles all approximately, anyway?” apart from Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s inform It love it Is attractiveness store. Her major main issue is that the tip of the realm may come prior to she will acquire her social security.
In this comedy-mystery, these close to and expensive to Elner become aware of whatever impressive: Heaven is admittedly the following, instantly, with humans you like, acquaintances you support, friendships you retain. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is evidence once again that Fannie Flagg “was wear this earth to put in writing” (Southern Living), spinning stories as candy and clean as iced tea on a summer time day, with a bit additional kick thrown in.
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Oh, Elner,” Verbena said, while holding on to the counter for support, “that’s a terrible thing to say. . ” Elner agreed, “Well, I’m kind of shocked at myself, Verbena, but if you ever doubted that we didn’t come from monkeys, then you need to see the show I saw on television last night, about those little snow monkeys they have over in Japan. They sit around all winter in hot tubs, and I swear to you, there was one that looked so much like Tot Whooten, I half expected it to talk. I’m telling you, honey, if you put a dress on it, put a comb in its hand, you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart.
Tot picked up a hairnet. ” “They don’t seem to,” said Norma. “Hell . . look at France, after we went over and saved them from the Nazis, and now they say all those ugly things? ” Norma agreed. ” she said, stuffing cotton behind • 38 • C a n ’ t Wa i t t o G e t t o H e a v e n Norma’s ears. “All my hard-earned tax money going around the world, and do I even get a thank-you? I used to have faith in the world, but it’s turned out to be as bad as my own children, nothing but gimme, gimme, gimme all the time .
As she ran over it in her mind, she remembered she had started feeling a little anxious Wednesday morning, right after her regular ten-thirty hair appointment down at the beauty shop. ” she wondered. She thought back to that morning. . She had been in the chair as usual, having her hair set, when Tot Whooten, the snow monkey look-alike, reached across to pick out a medium-size roller from her plastic tray, and dropped it on the floor. ” Tot said. “That’s the second time I’ve dropped something this morning.
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg