Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

eBook - 2006
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2006
ISBN: 9781588366191
Characteristics: 1 online resource (365 pages)
Alternative Title: Cannot wait to get to heaven


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Oct 10, 2017

A radio program in Heaven? - Funny, entertaining, and strangely comforting for those who seek understanding about the after life. Fanny Flagg is always funny with her own brand of story telling,. This story about a small town community that is rocked by the passing of a neighborhood elder, but wait she didn't die. Instead she lives to tell the tale about death and what happens next in the after life. Can't Wait To Get To Heaven one of the few books we agreed on as terrific! For all those who love to read this one's hard to put down!

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Aug 29, 2017

Nothing compares to this,
A book you dont want to end.
Love it! !!!

Aug 15, 2017


Elner Shimfissle has no idea how old she is - her younger sister, Ida, buried the family Bible with that information to keep her own age a secret. Ida's daughter Norma Warren look after Elner. Elner is stung by a swarm of wasps and falls out of her fig tree. Thinking her dead, the town is shaken and everyone begins to look at their own lives in relationship to how Elner played a role in their lives. Five hours after her 'death' Elner is sitting up telling Norma a tall tale of the hereafter.

A lovely life well-lived and hope for life beyond as created by Fannie Flagg was a fun & happy reading experience.

Sep 15, 2012

Two thumbs up for this novel. I like to enjoy a good laugh each day. This story is full of them especially about Tot, the haridresser. All around entertaining book.

Jun 23, 2012

Lovable characters and enjoyable story. Everybody has an Aunt Elner.

Feb 24, 2012

I read this book a few years ago, but have never forgot it. It left a fine mist of sweetness around my heart. I had to make an effort to put it down. It`s intriguing and her characters are people most of us have known sometime in our lives. Fannie Flagg writes with humour, honesty and love. I`ve read everything she`s written and only can hope she`ll write more!!!


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