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Charlotte HaysWhat saves this book from being more sugary than Neighbor Dorothy's Heavenly Caramel Cake is Flagg's unerring eye for human foibles.
— The Washington Post
From the Hardcover edition.
2. Elmwood Springs is a tightly knit community in which everyone seems to know his neighbor’s business. For the Warrens, what are some of the benefits of living in a small town? On the other hand, what are some of the drawbacks? How does your own hometown compare with Elmood Springs? Would you ever wish to move into Elner’s quirky neighborhood? Why or why not?
3. Describe Norma and Macky’s relationship, and how their marriage grows throughout the course of the novel. What bumps in the road have the Warrens endured? What keeps their marriage strong?
4. On her ascent to heaven, Elner climbs a crystal staircase; meanwhile, Ernest Koontz drives up to destiny in a brand new Cadillac convertible with heated seats. Consider your own wildest fantasy about heaven; how would you choose to arrive in style?
5. Norma and Tot’s long-standing friendship is challenged by Tot’s persistent negativity. Do you, like Aunt Elner, naturally embrace a positive outlook on life? Or, like Norma, do you strive, day by day, to “replace a negative thought with a positive”? Or, like Tot, do you prefer to “tell it like it is”? How does Norma choose to handle her differences with Tot? And how do the two friends manage to reconcile in the end?
6. For Elner, meeting her hero, Thomas Edison, is a dream come true. Which figures from history would top your own list of people you’d like to meet in heaven?
7. What message does Raymond impart to Elner about the meaning of life, and how does this view compare with your own beliefs?
8. If heaven allowed you to re-experience an episode, a place, or a time from your past, like Aunt Elner’s trip fifty years back in time to Neighbor Dorothy’s on First Avenue North, what scene or event would you choose to revisit, and why?
9. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is as much a mystery as a comedy. Do you think Elner truly died and went to heaven? What do members of Elner’s family believe? Next, just what is the truth behind the strange golf shoe? And what about Ida’s hidden family Bible? Finally, discuss the mystery of Elner’s loaded gun; were you surprised at the truth behind the mystery?
10. Reading Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is like taking an antidote to the almost constant stream of bad news that surrounds us in our modern world. Tot voices something we all feel: “I always try to put on a happy face, but it’s getting harder and harder to keep up a good attitude…..Nostradamus, CNN, all the papers, according to them, we are on the brink of total annihilation at any second.” How did this novel make you feel about the state of the world today?
11. Elner touched the lives of many people in her community, from the ambitious journalist Cathy Calvert, to the troubled, misunderstood Luther Griggs, to the reformed lawyer Winston Sprague. How does Elner relate to so many different personalities? Describe Elner’s character and attitude toward people, problems, and life. Do you know anyone who shares Elner’s sensibility and talents for reaching out to others?
Posted July 5, 2008
I was very disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to reading it because I loved Fried Green Tomatoes. The entire time I was reading it, I was trying to find something redeeming (good writing, humor, insight, something I didn't know). Everything that happens is so predictable and trite. Here's a bit of wisdom from the book: 'She took the advice Elner had given her and was living everyday as if it might be her last.' Or how about 'when your dead, people go through all your things, so if you have anything you don't want found, you better get rid of it before you go!' Shame on you Fannie. You cashed in on the reputation of FGT. I feel like I wasted the $14.00 this book cost.
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Posted March 18, 2012
Posted October 27, 2011
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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Posted March 7, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2013
Posted August 25, 2013
I'm surprised by the poor reviews. I thought this was one of her best! Really enjoyed the characters and the after-life concept.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2012
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Posted October 3, 2011
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.
Posted June 10, 2011
This is such a wonderful story.It's laugh out loud funny at times and makes you cry at other times.The characters are so real.,and have the best personalities you feel like you know them.I read this book and passed it on to all the women in my family.I hope,hope,hope that this becomes a movie someday.
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Posted February 20, 2011
Posted February 5, 2011
After seeing one bad news broadcast after the next, like Tot Whooten, it isn't hard to fall into a negative way of thinking that the world will soon come to an end. This book changes all that. The main character, Elner Shimfissle is an honest, believeable and innocent character but not one to be taken lightly. In times of trouble, she shows the needed fortitude that has helped her live 96 years but doesn't let trouble cloud her positive outlook on life. All of the characters in this book will remind us of people we all know but it isn't sappy, it isn't preachy and there is no sex in it because it doesn't need it. It is a book that stands out on the light hearted style of writing and keeps you wanting to read more. The epilogue winds up the book leaving you wanting to live in a town such as this, it even ends with recipes for dishes talked about in the book. This is one I want to keep on my shelf and read again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2011
Posted November 26, 2010
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is feel good Southern American fiction. It's about an elderly woman who falls off her ladder while picking figs and has an afterlife adventure while all her friends and family adjust to her sudden and unexpected death, and even more unexpected recovery. It's funny, sweet, and entertaining. A good read for people who want to reminisce about their own loved ones who've passed away, as well as people who just enjoy some good fluffy reading, with good moral and family values.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" was the only Fannie Flagg book I had not read, and now I can happily say I've read all of them. It was so good to meet up with old friends from "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl" and "Standing in the Rainbow," but you don't have to read them before enjoying this book.
This was not about plot, but about how well Fannie writes about characters and especially those from the South. As a lifetime Northerner, I feel like I know these Southern folk a lot better after meeting them in her books. These seem to be the people of her childhood, and I treasure knowing them as well as I know the good folks with whom I grew up.
Delightful to read...couldn't put it down. And I sent a copy to a friend of mine who shares my joy in these characters and has sent me some of Fannie Flagg's books.
I don't question the theology of her view of heaven, just enjoy it!
Posted August 25, 2009
Fannie Flagg has come through once again. Her small town southern characters keep me coming back for more. It makes me long for a slower paced, small town life. I enjoyed this book so much that I gave it to my husband and then my sister to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2009
Posted December 3, 2008
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The description of this book is so accurate. If you have ever had a Mrs. Elner Shimfissle in your family or circle of friends you can relate to this book and enjoy all the bizarre and amusing conversations she has in this book. Definitely a book to take to the beach or read on a weekend. You won't be able to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2008
Fannie Flagg is an amazing author, her books captivate you like nothing else. I recommend this book and all of her others for those who enjoy good, wholesome, heartfelt works of art.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.