Standing In The Rainbow
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Standing In The Rainbow

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The time is 1946-2000. The Place is Elmwood Springs, Missouri. World War II has ended. Neighbour Dorothy broadcasts daily from her front room - to an audience across the state - the antics of her wayward son Bobby and adolescent Anna Lee. It's hard to keep secrets in a community like theirs, but life isn't perfect, and even Neighbour Dorothy has a tragedy as well hidden as it can be. Into their midst comes the Oatman Family, white Southern Gospel singers who arrive for a pharmaceutical convention, and blow the place away. And then there's Hamm Sparks, a super-salesman everyone likes and trusts; and Charlie Fowler, the poultry king who can see the future in a bucket-to-go; and a wealth of other unforgettable residents. Not to mention the brand new Three Little Pigs Cafeteria, with its pink neon pig casting a glow over the high street and pointing the way to the future...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099448939
  • 9780099448938
  • 212,352

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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." "From the Hardcover edition.show more

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"Flagg says as much about the human condition through observant comedy as others do through polemic" * Scotland on Sunday * "Poignant and funny, this novel cuts to the heart of small-town America" * Mail on Sunday * "Unarguably a wonderful story-teller" * The Times * "[A] big, juicy middle-American apple pie of a book, sometimes tart but mostly sweet" * Los Angeles Times * "Good news for fans of Fried Green Tomatoes... The action does not let up for a minute" * New York Times Book Review *show more

About Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at the age of nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films and the theatre. She is the author of many bestsellers including Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! and A Redbird Christmas. Flagg's script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. She lives in Alabama and California.show more

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"Flagg says as much about the human condition through observant comedy as others do through polemic"show more

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