Fannie Flagg

  • La suite tant attendue de Beignets de Tomates VertesBud a grandi dans la petite ville ferroviaire de Whistle Stop, Alabama, avec sa mère Ruth et sa tante Idgie - incontrôlable pétroleuse. Ensemble, elles ont tenu le fameux Whistle Stop Café, connu dans le monde entier pour ses succulents beignets de tomates vertes. Hélas, tout a une fin. La gare a fermé, Whistle Stop est devenue une ville-fantôme. Il n'en est resté que des bâtiments condamnés et le souvenir diffus d'un bonheur enfui.
    Malgré tout, Bud décide d'y accomplir un dernier voyage afin de revoir l'endroit où il fut si heureux. Chemin faisant, il va se faire de nouveaux amis, apprendre des choses surprenantes sur les gens qu'il a connus et dont il croyait tout savoir.
    Surtout, il va déclencher une série d'événements qui vont changer non seulement sa vie, mais aussi celle de ses proches. Avec, en arrière-plan, cette question : ce que nous prenons pour des coïncidences en sont-elles réellement ?
    Tout aussi réconfortant, inspirant et enchanteur que
    Beignets de tomates vertes,
    Retour à Whistle Stop est une ode à la vie et à la magie du quotidien.

  • " Le Whistle Stop Café était le foyer de tous ceux qui n'en avaient pas, c'était là qu'on se retrouvait tous, c'était là qu'était la vie. "Evelyn Couch, femme au foyer vivant mal l'approche de la cinquantaine, se rend chaque semaine dans une maison de retraite où elle se lie d'amitié avec Ninny Threadgoode, fringante octogénaire qui lui raconte ses fabuleuses histoires de jeunesse. Nous voici alors en Alabama, dans les années 1930. Commence alors l'aventure du Whistle Stop Café, bientôt connu de tous les laissés-pour-compte du pays pour être le refuge idéal contre les rigueurs de l'époque.
    Peu à peu, les personnages de cette vivifiante épopée deviennent pour Evelyn mieux que des amis : des modèles. Rassérénée par le récit de la vieille dame, ode à la joie, à la fraternité et à la résilience, notre héroïne reprend le dessus sur sa vie. Suivant les conseils de Ninny, elle va enfin pouvoir se confronter à ses peurs et retrouver le goût du bonheur.
    Une chronique nostalgique et tendre, généreuse et colorée, pleine de saveur et d'humour.
    " Une histoire drôle, généreuse et poignante "Harper Lee

  • Plus qu'un roman : un appel au bonheur !L'auteur de
    Beignets de tomates vertes nous conte, dans ce roman choral, l'histoire d'un petit village du Missouri, Elmwood Springs, depuis sa fondation en 1889 jusqu'à nos jours. Les années passent, les bonheurs et les drames se succèdent, la société et le monde se transforment, mais les humains, avec leurs plaisirs, leurs peurs, leurs croyances, leurs amours, ne changent guère. Et c'est la même chose au cimetière puisque, loin de jouir d'un repos éternel, les défunts y continuent leurs existences, sous une forme particulière. Au fil des décès, ils voient ainsi arriver avec plaisir leurs proches et leurs descendants, qui leur donnent des nouvelles fraîches du village. Tout irait ainsi pour le mieux dans ce monde, et dans l'autre, si d'inexplicables disparitions ne venaient bouleverser la vie, et la mort, de cette paisible petite communauté.
    On retrouve dans ce roman revigorant en diable, peuplé de personnages plus attachants les uns que les autres, toute la tendresse, le charme fou et la philosophie heureuse de Fannie Flagg.

  • L'auteur de Beignets de tomates vertes signe l'un de ses romans les plus drôles et les plus émouvants.
    Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Elner Shimfissle, pétillante octogénaire, dérange un essaim de guêpes en cueillant des figues dans son arbre, se fait piquer et tombe de l'échelle. À l'hôpital, elle est déclarée morte. La nouvelle se propage vite dans la communauté. Tous ou presque évoquent cette femme d'un incroyable optimisme, toujours prête à rendre service. Son décès brutal pousse également ses proches à s'interroger sur le sens de la vie en général, et de la leur en particulier. C'est peut-être Elner elle-même qui, contre toute attente, détient les réponses à leurs questions. Revenue inopinément d'entre les morts, à la grande surprise des médecins et de sa famille, elle rapporte en effet des souvenirs de son bref passage dans l'au-delà. Ceux-ci vont bouleverser l'existence de cette petite ville jusqu'ici bien tranquille. On retrouve dans Nous irons tous au paradis tout le charme de Beignets de tomates vertes : humour, émotion, des personnages plus attachants les uns que les autres et, à travers les petites contrariétés de la vie, un appel au bonheur qui résonnera longtemps après avoir refermé ce livre.

  • La nouvelle comédie de l'auteur de Beignets de tomates vertesAprès l'immense succès du livre et du film Beignets de tomates vertes, le nouveau roman de Fannie Flagg. Birmingham, États-Unis. Ex-Miss Alabama, Maggie Fortenberry a pris une grande décision : elle va mettre fin à ses jours. Elle n'est ni malade ni déprimée, son travail dans une petite agence immobilière est plutôt agréable, mais elle a trouvé malgré tout seize bonnes raisons d'en finir, la principale étant peut-être que, à 60 ans, elle pense avoir connu le meilleur de la vie.
    Maggie a donc arrêté la date de sa mort et se consacre désormais en toute discrétion à en régler les détails.
    Or, peu de temps avant de passer à l'acte, Maggie est invitée par une collègue, Brenda, à un spectacle de derviches tourneurs. La représentation étant dans moins d'une semaine, elle décide, pour faire plaisir à Brenda, de retarder l'ultime échéance.
    Elle est alors loin de se douter combien les jours à venir vont être riches en secrets dévoilés et en événements imprévus, lesquels vont lui montrer que l'existence a encore beaucoup plus à lui offrir qu'elle ne le croyait.
    Fannie Flagg nous donne un roman au charme fou, peuplé de personnages plus attachants les uns que les autres - Brenda, ses problèmes de poids et ses ambitions politiques, Ethel, la patronne de l'agence immobilière qui, à 88 ans, ne veut pas passer la main, etc. Le sort de cette petite communauté de femmes, et celui de Maggie en particulier, est le prétexte à une lecture qui vous fera passer du rire aux larmes.

  • Après Beignets de Tomates Vertes et Miss Alabama et ses petits secrets, le nouveau roman de Fannie Flagg.Point Clear, Alabama. Après avoir marié la dernière de ses filles, Sookie Poole aspire à un repos bien mérité. Elle aimerait se consacrer enfin à elle, à son couple, faire avec Earle, son mari, les voyages dont elle rêve. Mais elle doit encore compter avec sa mère, l'incroyable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry qui, à 88 ans, épuise les infirmières à domicile les unes après les autres. Si certains de ses coups d'éclat récents peuvent laisser penser qu'elle souffre de démence sénile, le diagnostic n'est pas aisé à établir car, toute sa vie, son comportement a été des plus excentriques.
    Le jour où un mystérieux interlocuteur révèle à Sookie un secret de famille parfaitement inattendu, son existence vole en éclats, à commencer par ses rapports avec sa mère. Afin de comprendre qui elle est vraiment, Sookie va alors se mettre sur la piste d'une femme exceptionnelle, Fritzi, qui, en 1940, tenait avec ses trois soeurs une station-service dans le Wisconsin. Le destin incroyable de Fritzi donnera-t-il à Sookie une nouvelle inspiration pour sa propre vie ?
    Fannie Flagg met ici en scène deux femmes, Sookie et Fritzi, qui, à quelques décennies d'intervalle, vont devoir se réinventer. Connaisseuse aguerrie des pleins et des déliés de la destinée, elle nous offre une nouvelle fois un roman au charme fou, à la fois tendre, touchant, comique et riche en retournements.

  • Fannie Flagg takes us on a journey to a South that only Southerners know, to a time when 'Blue Velvet' was played at the Senior Prom, and into the life of Daisy Fay Harper, a sassy, truth-telling heroine who just can't stay out of trouble. What's more she tells us everything - from what (or who) made her Daddy and Momma split up to what is really stashed in the freezer of the family's malt shop.Daisy Fay is coming of age in the Gulf Coast's Shell Beach, which is The End of the Road of the South, but a dandy place to meet the locals like hard-drinking Jimmy Snow, former debutante Mrs Dot and Daisy's own Daddy. They're all part of the fun that takes us down home, back to the '50s, and into the best story ever written east of Texas...

  • After the tremendous success of her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and the beloved movie that followed, author Fannie Flagg received thousands of requests from all over the world asking for recipes from the little cafe of her Alabama childhood that was the model for the cafe in her novel. Now, she joyfully shares those recipes, in what may well be the first cookbook ever written by a satisfied customer rather than a cook! Inside you'll find wonderful recipes for:
    * Skinless Fried Chicken * Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes * Baked Ham and Pineapple Rings * Baked Turkey with Traditional Cornbread Dressing * Black-eyed Peas * Fried Okra * Creamed Onions * Broccoli Casserole * Southern Cream Gravy * Fried Catfish * Scalloped Oysters * Down Home Crab Cakes * Beaten Biscuits * Corn Pones * Lemon Ice Box Pie * Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie * And much more!
    The recipes in Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook are all for delicious hearty happy food that comes with all sorts of things, from gravies to hot sauces (very often the secret's in the sauce). But most of all this food, and this book, comes with love.
    "If you liked her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and if you liked the movie they made from that novel, you'll like this cookbook....It's funny, just like Flagg."
    --Richmond Times-Dispatch
    "Recommended...All the traditional dishes are here, along with the author's irreverent, irresistible commentary on Southern cooking and culture."
    --Library Journal
    Note: This edition does not include photos.

  • The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us. You could get eggs, grits, bacon, ham, coffee and a smile for 25 cents. Ruth was just the sweetest girl you ever met. And Idgie? She was a character, all right. You never saw anyone so headstrong. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery. It will lift your spirits and above all it'll remind you of the secret to life: friends.

  • 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."
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Fannie Flagg has enchanted readers with her warm, wonderful, and witty books for nearly forty years. Now this delightful eBook bundle showcases three of her classic novels--full of heart and smart and refreshing as sweet tea on a hot summer day.
    FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
    “It’s very good, in fact, just wonderful.”--Los Angeles Times
    Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s: of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale Mrs. Threadgoode tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again. . . .
    CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN
    “Funny and utterly charming.”--The Miami Herald
    It’s the strangest thing. One minute Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs in Elmwood, Missouri, 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 in Elmwood Springs, Elner’s high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold cloth 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. In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful.
    I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU
    “Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate.”--Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect--she’s lovely, charming, and a successful agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie’s past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret.
    Praise for Fannie Flagg
    “A born storyteller.”--The New York Times Book Review
    “What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human.”--Southern Living
    “Courageous and wise.”--Houston Chronicle, on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
    “A thoroughly entertaining comic novel.”--Newsday, on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
    “The characters are endearing, the story is engaging. . . . A comforting and sometimes thought-provoking read.”--Fort Worth Star-Telegram, on Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven
    “A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups.”--The Birmingham News, on I Still Dream About You

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.
    Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it’s called, is anything but still. Original, profound, The Whole Town’s Talking, a novel in the tradition of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Flagg’s own Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, tells the story of Lordor Nordstrom, his Swedish mail-order bride, Katrina, and their neighbors and descendants as they live, love, die, and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways.
    Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. “Resting place” turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking.
    With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. In The Whole Town’s Talking, she reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies.
    Praise for The Whole Town’s Talking
    “[A] witty multigenerational saga . . . [Fannie] Flagg’s down-home wisdom, her affable humor and her long view of life offer a pleasant respite in nerve-jangling times.”--People
    “The Whole Town’s Talking [is] Fannie Flagg at her best.”--Florida Times Union
    “If there’s one thing Fannie Flagg can do better than anybody else, it’s tell a story, and she outdoes herself in The Whole Town’s Talking. . . . Another brilliant novel--equally on the level as her famous Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.”--The Newport Plain Talk
    “Told with warmth, humor and remarkable characters, this touching novel is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of love.”--The Columbus Dispatch
    “Delightful.”--The Washington Post
    “I could not put this book down and didn’t want the tale to end. Fannie Flagg does it again; a great read you won’t want to miss.”--The Missourian
    “It’s a sweeping, cinematic approach. . . . Flagg’s gentle storytelling makes the novel an easy, comfortable read that will leave a reader thinking about life, love and loss”--Minneapolis Star Tribune
    “[Fannie Flagg] creates a world familiar in its reality and its hopes, and she displays her storytelling skills, ones that are enhanced by her humanity, her optimism and her big heart. . . . The Whole Town’s Talking [is] a story of life’s peaks, valleys and ordinary days--and a ringing affirmation of love, community and life itself.”--Richmond Times-Dispatch
    “The Whole Town’s Talking is warm and inviting. Flagg’s Elmwood Springs novels are comfort reads of the best kind, warm and engaging without flash or fuss.”--Miami Herald
    “Flagg’s humor shines through as she chronicles their successes, disappointments, and even a mysterious murder or two.”--BookPage
    “[A] charming tale.”--Booklist

  • Oswald T. Campbell, aged fifty-two, down-and-out in a Chicago winter, is given only months to live unless he moves South... He finds himself in the small town of Lost River, Alabama, where the residents are friendly if feud-prone and eccentric to a fault. One of them, Roy, keeps a red cardinal, a once wounded bird called Jack. Patsy, a sad, sweet little kid with a crippled leg, from the trailer park up in the woods, takes to dropping by the store - and falls in love with Jack. Flagg takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the lives and hearts of an engaging crew of misfits, fixers and ordinary good-hearted folk, set against the vivid natural backdrop of a mellow Alabama winter, along the riverside where birds and fish abound. Her enchanting story culminates at Christmastide with surprises and a magical 'redbird' moment.

  • Sweeping from the gentler confines of late 1940s small town America to the tough side of the New York media circus in the '70s, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! mines golden seams of goodness and gritty determination, prejudice and despair, love and survival, in the story of a young TV interviewer, Dena Nordstrom, whose future looks full of promise, whose present is an emotional mess, and whose past is marked by mystery. With a cast of unforgettable characters, from the comic masterpiece that is Neighbour Dorothy (broadcasting home tips and good news to the midwest from her own front room) to the monstrosity that is Ira Wallace, TV network head - Fannie Flagg's novel is a funny, constantly surprising novel that keeps you guessing and turing the page right up to the last.

  • L'auteur de Beignets de tomates vertes s'interroge sur le sens de la vie et signe l'un de ses romans les plus drôles.

  • The hilarious and heartwarming new novel from the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeWisconsin, 1941 - With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men's work and the All-Girl Filling Station is born, complete with neat little caps, short skirts, and roller-skates. Their peace doesn't last long though: skilled women are needed to fly planes for the war effort...Alabama, 2005 - Mrs Sookie Earle has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to putting her feet up. But then one day a package arrives. Its contents knock Sookie sideways, propelling her back to the 1940s, and four irrepressible sisters whose wartime adventures force them to reimagine who they are, and what they are capable of.
    'Flagg is a writer of great warmth and wisdom... A richly imagined family saga' The Times'Wonderful... A warm, funny riff on family and identity' Daily Mail

  • Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs Elner Shimfissle is up a tree, picking figs to make jam, and the next thing she knows, she is off on a strange adventure, running into people she never expected to see again, in the unlikeliest of places. Meanwhile, Elner's highly strung niece Norma takes to her bed, before embarking on a brand new career; Elner's neighbour Verbena turns to the Bible; her truck-driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch; a dark secret emerges from the past - and the entire town is left wondering, 'What's life all about anyway?' Except for Tot Whooten, whose main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.A plea for honest doubt and humanity in an over-certain world, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is further proof that Fannie Flagg was put on this earth to write.

  • The remarkable novel of two Southern friendshipsthe basis of the hit filmavailable for the first time in large print.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.
    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
    Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.
    Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.
    Advance praise for The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
    “Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait for her next book.”--Carol Burnett
    “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you’re looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you.”--Kristin Hannah
    “An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II.”--Beth Hoffman
    “Sly and funny, and a delight from beginning to end. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, until night falls and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet around you.”--Sarah Addison Allen
    “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel. With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights.”--Edward Kelsey Moore
    From the Hardcover edition.

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