Can't Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel (Unabridged)
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 tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.
In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.
More Southern charm from Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg is one of the most underrated authors of our time. This book, Can't Wait to Get To Heaven, features characters familiar to us from a previous novel, Standing in the Rainbow, and it's a joy to have them around again. Don't be fooled by Flagg's books — they seem simple at first glance, but there is much to learn from them. Flagg's wry take on the afterlife made me smile. After you listen, you won't want to wait to get to get there either.
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I thouroghly enjoyed every minute of this book! The characters in the book have such depth and have been thought out so well. They really come alive! It left me with a very positive outlook on life and trying to make every day the best that I could, as if it were my last. If we could all be just a little bit more like Elner, this world would be a much better place!
Not for me
I didn’t get past about 30% because I didn’t realize it would be so much about death