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Publisher's Note:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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, a…

Overall Book Review:

New York Times bestselling author Fannie Flagg brings laughter and tears with her latest novel, The All-Girl Filling Station. Flagg manages to keep the story cohesive and compelling despite alternating narrators and changing time periods. Strong female characters really drive a storyline full of twists and turns. I loved learning about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), whose job was to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.  

My only complaint with All-Girl is that the tone changes drastically in the last fifty pages. Billed as a “comic mystery”, the book is light-hearted until the last fifty pages, when events become darker and much more serious. I would still recommend The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, especially to those who love historical fiction and/or fiction about World War II. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  64 religious exclamations, 66 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 7 derogatory names, 3 scatological words, 4 anatomical terms. 

Violence/Gore:  A character threatens suicide; reports of family members engaging in violent behavior; a man is kicked in the groin; in two non-detailed scenes, characters die in airplane crashes. 

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing and sexual references; a few implied or reported incidents of sexual activity; a character is nude with sexual innuendo; a discussion regarding sex occurs; a brief scene of sexual abuse and attempted rape. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Abandonment, adoption, infidelity, war, death, attempted rape

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters frequently smoke and drink. 

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
9
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
6
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.