The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Random House, 2013
Another outstanding novel by Fannie Flagg! This one centers around a character we met in Welcome to the World, Baby Girl, Sarah Jane “Sookie” Krackenberry Poole. She’s the college friend of Dena in “Welcome” who refused at first to visit Dena because she lived above the Mason-Dixon line (New York City!). Sookie was born and raised in the South by the quintessential Southern Belle, her mother Lenore, aka, “Winged Victory” – so named by her family for her winged hair-style that she never changed. Also because Lenore is the type of person who pushes her way into a person’s life regardless of whether they want her there or not! Sookie has just survived 3 years of chaos in having weddings for her 3 daughters and is looking forward to solving the blue jay problem in her garden when she receives a register letter for Lenore from a law office in Texas. Through a hilarious chain of events she finds out – well, I don’t want to say – it would ruin the surprise. The whole story spins off the information the letter holds.
In Ms Flagg’s typical style the reader is treated to several different generations and times – from 1909 Poland to 1940s Wisconsin to 2005 Alabama; from small-town American North to small-town American South. So good, so funny, so uplifting. The author weaves a story that evokes the patriotism of World War 2, and the love / madness of a tight-knit family. In both stories – Sookie’s and Fritzi Jurdabralinski’s – the women grow into their own – fully appreciating who they are and where they are in their lives and learning to stay true to themselves.