Standing in the Rainbow

Standing in the Rainbow

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Good news! Fannie's back in town--and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future. Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679426158
Characteristics: 493 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 07, 2020

This is a book most likely to appeal to those who would enjoy a story that's settings begin in the 1940's. I found it worthwhile sticking with it as the story slowly unfolds over the following decades, raising many delightful memories of those old times that the author cleverly makes use of as the story unfolds.
And best of all, if you hang in there, it leads into a very engaging mystery.

Jul 18, 2019

Of the Elmwood Springs books, this is my least favorite. It does have some good moments, but in general it doesn't hold up to the other books in the series. But, it's Fannie Flagg and she still manages to entertain enough to get me to the end of the book.

May 21, 2017

She does an okay job of describing life in small town America, but when does the story start? This is the second book I read from the Elmwood Series (probably should be read before "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl") I gave up 1/4 of the way through (even after skipping to future chapters and reading a few pages of each). I'm done with Fannie Flagg.

Feb 28, 2010

Read this twice. This one has to do with the lives of the residents of Elmwood. Their lives from childhood to adulthood. Highly recommend.

The characters in this book come alive and you really do care about them. For anyone who grew up in a small town, or anyone who didn't! Great vacation reading.


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