Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!: A Novel

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!: A Novel

by Fannie Flagg
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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!: A Novel by Fannie Flagg

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).

Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

Among the colorful cast of characters are:

Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena's exuberant college roommate, who is everything that Dena is not; she is thrilled by Dena's success and will do everything short of signing autographs for her; Sookie's a mom, a wife, and a Kappa forever
        
Dena's cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner, of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal, talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise
        
Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them all through the radio show that she broadcast from her home in the 1940s
        
Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace, his partner in tabloid television
        
Several doctors, all of them taken with--and almost taken in by-Dena

There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307790958
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/22/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 40,352
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. Her first novel, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, spent ten weeks on The New York Times paperback bestseller list, and her second novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe , spent thirty-six weeks on the same list. It was produced by Universal Pictures as the feature film  Fried Green Tomatoes. Flagg's script was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America awards, and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Flagg narrated both novels on audiotape and received a Grammy Award nomination for best spoken word. Flagg lives in Montecito, California.


From the Hardcover edition.

Hometown:

Montecito, California

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1944

Place of Birth:

Birmingham, Alabama

Education:

The University of Alabama

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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love books with old hometown settings. and esp when they go back to the early 1900's. Once the book picked up pace--thou realized later it was really important to remember all these little facts and tidbits Flagg was giving us early in the book- then I had a hard time putting it down. Flagg has a different style of writing, but it's good. This book stirred up a lot of good old memories. It would take me back to my grandparents home town in the Ozarks. And growing up in the '70's as I did, it's fun to read a book that reflects back and doesn't depend on all the technology we have now such as cell phones, or computers. Something this book may stir within your soul--whether we like to admit it or not is that sometimes our past DOES play a huge part in our present emotions, and character, and our heart and soul of who we are...deep inside. Makes you ponder...
Guest More than 1 year ago
First-rate author of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, Fannie Flagg hits the mark once again with this story of a down-home girl who makes it big in Manhattan. As THE anchorwoman in NY, you'd think she'd be on top of the world, but she starts drinking, falling in love, and having health problems. Not as upbeat throughout as FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, this is still a great read. And it's reality. The title says it all
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that when I started reading this book, I almost put it down half way through as I was not able to quite get into the story and was not sure where it was heading. Boy, am I glad I persevered as the second half just built up and surprisingly took me on an incredible emotional journey. By the end of the book, I was flying through the pages to learn more about Dena's family secrets of which once revealed, just blew me away as I would have never expcted same in a million years. The primary issue brought up at the end hit home as my family has had similar experiences. Eye opening read to say the least.
MacMaiden More than 1 year ago
Delightful characters populate the small town of Elmwood. Flagg delivers her signature charm with an intriguing mystery. Why did Dena's mother disappear? It's a voyage of discovery that helps a young woman find herself despite the world's efforts to corrupt her and cheapen her life. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up after having read Fried Green Tomatoes. I thought this was a great read with humor and intelligence. It was a tight story full of twists and turns. I'd recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, it has become one of my most favorite of all time! It has southern charm, romance and mystery. BIG page turner! Will make you laugh and make you cry. Hooray for Fannie Flagg!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for quick read for my wife when I came upon this book. We both loved 'Green Fried Tomatoes' and I figured this should be just as good - and I was right. My wife couldn't put it down - it then went to her mom and took 6 weeks before it was back in the house for my review. I, like them, couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read that isn't too light, but just right.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I had fun reading this story. There are so many ridiculous characters that you just gotta love. I also didn't figure out the whole deal with her mother ahead of time. I wouldn't have guessed that. There's lots of sadness and laughs and heart.
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Starts out slow, but trust me, you will not be able to put it down.
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pendoughers More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining read. Can't figure out where fanny will take you next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fanny Flagg was (or should have been),required reading in all southern schools - especially all girls/women's schools. She looks at life and comments on it in a completely southern way - Realism with the scent of magnolias and honeysuckle. Just reading the first chapter of any of her books,sends my creaky old bones right smack back to the middle of South Carolina...and I be lovin' it! I b'leive we must be cousins or something. Where'd you say your people are from, Honey??? Thanks Fanny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't into it, but then there was the big surprise that I would have never predicted. Made it worth the read.
Tysugo More than 1 year ago
I was enchanted by the descriptions of the small MO town and the characters within. Though i felt it began slow, i quickly became obsessed by the emotional loss of the main character. Although the story was more about someone finding  themselves, i loved the unfolding mystery. Many of the comments made in the book are very true about our society, both then and now. WHY do people continue to hate or bully in a society that has come so far technologicaly  yet still Still so far behind emotionally?
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IrishGarden More than 1 year ago
Yep, this book explaines many forgotten troubles and forbiddens of an era sometimes forgotten to white City folk. We have come a long way and the 30 year olds of every neighborhood should read this.