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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
July 4
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Jandy1231 ,

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

I loved this book! When I first picked it up I was at a military school for a few months and my family was spread out in different households, my husband in Texas, me in Oklahoma and my kids in Florida and Missouri. My stepdad was dying of cancer while my mom took care of my youngest son. I was in a store with some friends and just needed something to uplift me, then I saw this book. The cover made me happy and then I read the back. I read this book and felt so much better, I took it home to my mom to make her feel better. My dad passed and it was hard but I would like to think it was like this book described. I have read all the Fannie Flagg books and am starting again. My mom has read them all too now! Thanks Fannie, Elner reminded me of me of my great grandmother.

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