Books Set in the South, Family dynamics, Fiction, Finding Your Self, Flagg-Fannie, Historical Fiction

#588 The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

 The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Sookie was at war with the blue jays in her yard. They ate all the food and that meant the little birds couldn’t get any. She had time to deal with the blue jays now that her three daughters had been married. There was time for Sookie now, well besides the time she spent caring for her mother Lenore. While fighting with the blue jays, the mailman brought a mysterious letter for Sookie’s mother. At first, Sookie didn’t want to open it up, but she did.

The letter contained information about Sookie. As it turns out, Lenore wasn’t her real mother; Sookie was adopted. Sookie is really Polish and her mother was part of an all-girl filling station.

The name on the birth certificate said Fritzi, that was Sookie’s mother. Fritzi was a pilot. She always got a gleam in her eye when people talked of far-off places. She was the first to leave the small town where she grew up. She learned to fly planes. Her three sisters followed in her footsteps. In fact, all four sisters were part of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots program during WWII. They may not have been right in combat, but they helped the war effort.

Meanwhile, Sookie has to learn who she is. She knows now more than ever that she doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of the Simmons family, but then who is she? She learns to be her own person, even if it means joking with her friend about having an affair. Sookie learns that she was more of her ow person than she ever thought were possible and finding out she was adopted only helped her on her way.

What I liked

I didn’t know about the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots program before this book. They’re otherwise known as the WASPs and it was a real thing. Several of the names mentioned in this book were real women who participated in the program, although Fritzi and her sisters were not real. I like how Fannie incorporated this bit of history into this book.

I love all the craziness that Fannie’s characters get into, as always. What is so great about Fannie’s characters is that you probably know someone who has done something very similar. Maybe they’re stories aren’t quite as outlandish, but there’s someone you know who goes out into the yard to do battle with blue jays.

What I didn’t like

This isn’t my favorite Fannie Flagg novel. I liked it pretty well, but it’s not Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It seems that book will always be number one as far as Fannie Flagg novels go for me. It’s good, but it’s not that good. It’s still a wonderful read; it’s just not “knock your socks” off kind of reading.

Overall

Family can be weird huh?

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