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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
     

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

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by Fannie Flagg
 

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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

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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Flagg has a wonderful gift for storytelling, and I just can't recommend her books enough. If you love small town reading, and funny characters, definitely give this a shot. I can't see how anyone couldn't not fall in love with this bunch. Who knew that so many lives would be affected the day Mrs. Elner Shimfissle fell out of her fig tree and was stung to 'death' by over seventeen wasps? And I just loved meeting up with some of my favorite characters from her previous books 'Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!', and 'Standing in the Rainbow'.  Norma's aunt, was up in the fig tree to get some figs to make a preserve when she disturbed a wasp's nest and got stung and fell off the ladder. This is not the first time she has done that. She has fallen off the ladder other times and drove her niece, Norma, crazy and worried with fear. This time, Elner was knocked out cold. This is just the beginning of an adventure for the townsfolks of Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Elner is taken to Kansas City to the hospital there. Norma and her husband, Macky, followed behind. Ruby and Tots, the local hairdresser takes care of things at Elner's house and the stories just keep on flowing. Bittersweet and heart-warming, it made me, the reader, wish that people would think of me the same way they did Elner. And not only that, it's a reminder to take life a little bit on the easy and slow side because you never know when the last day will come. It may be too late to do all the things you wish you could do or have said.  Flagg is a brilliant story teller with a unique and wonderful way with words. It has been a long time since I have laughed out loud while reading a book and a few moments later found myself with tears in my eyes over an unexpected sad turn of events. This is another "must read" from the gifted Flagg.     
Anonymous 4 months ago
Rarely do I give a bad review but this book was just too horrible. It was basically 300 pages about nothing. Though the writing was very good technically, there was no actual plot. I think the author may have realized that in the last few pages and tried to build a plot and end it very quickly before the book was done. Her efforts in that failed. I am surprised and disappointed inFannie Flagg. Don't write a book unless you have an idea for a real plot! Stephanie Clanahan
IrishGarden More than 1 year ago
I read this to my Dad in the hospital and the cute and quirky little heaven sightings really cheered him up and actually kind of rested his worried soul. What more could you ask for???? It also is a great gift for NURSES. People who almost die and live to talk about what they saw would love this book. There is a peaceful feeling I can't explain after reading this cute story.
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katz27 4 months ago
i was so disappointed in this book, I hesitate to buy her new one. Oh my, but it was so bad and I WAS such a HUGE fan but I"m ready to move on and I fear it's time for Ms. Flagg to as well.
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alwaysareader More than 1 year ago
Anyone who doesn't love Fannie Flagg's books has never read one. Being from Green Bay, WI this book had particular appeal. Added to that is that I learned so much about females in aviation both as stunt performers as well as military pilots. It is laugh-out-loud as well as emotionally moving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me through a loss in such a big way!
CarenS More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised by the poor reviews. I thought this was one of her best! Really enjoyed the characters and the after-life concept.
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LoveToReadItAll More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  There are so many dark novels with dark characters engaged in depraved activities lately, that a novel such at this one is like a breath of fresh air.  I've passed this one around to many friends who have also enjoyed it.  You will too, if you enjoy the occasional heartwarming story about good -hearted people. 
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This was my first Fanny Flagg book, I loved it most fun just to kick back and read. IS IT IMPOSSIBLE WHO KNOWS
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pdc1950 More than 1 year ago
I just started reading books by Fannie Flagg this year and am glad to say I found her. Her writing is very expressive; the characters just jump out at you. Great page turner; you don't want to put it down. Recommend reading this book for great enjoyment and laughter to boot.
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