Summer is time for a good book in your favorite lawn chair or porch swing. The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club decided to read a novel to make us smile. Fannie Flagg, better known for her TV and screen work is also a popular author of southern Americana. Her book, “The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” is one of her best. This was the pick of the Book Club for June.
Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing. However, her mother, Lenore Simmons Krachenberry lives two houses away and is a domineering southern mother. Quite by accident, Sookie discovers a family secret her mother has kept from her that changes her self-image.
While searching for answers, the book takes us back 60-70 years to the 1940’s and Pulaski, Wisconsin. We meet Fritzi and her family who take on the job of running the family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the “All Girl Filling Station”. As the story continues we learn of the WASPS of World War II. The story shows how these two families are connected. In addition to a wonderful family story, we learn a little history, too.
Stop by the LeRoy Public Library and talk to Ms. Barnes on M-Th: 1-8PM & Saturdays: 9AM-1PM to find this book or several others by Fannie Flagg. One of her most recent, “The Whole Town’s Talking” is also a great read. Enjoy the summer with some good books!