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Description - Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099288558
ISBN-10: 0099288559
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

UK Kirkus Review » Aggressively successful New York television interviewer Dena Nordstrom is an emotional mess. There is a dark mystery in her past that even psychiatrists cannot uncover - instead one falls in love with his difficult patient, and his increasingly outrageous attempts to attract her provide some of the most hilarious episodes in the book. By the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, this is a warm, poignant and funny tale, with a sinister undercurrent of racial prejudice and hypocrisy. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » The author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987, etc.) returns with another engaging paean to the joys of down-home southern life. Gorgeous, ambitious Dena Nordstrom is doing very well in 1970s Manhattan. She's the popular star of a network morning show, poised to rise as the ratings-driven TV industry promotes appealing women to make palatable the increasingly nasty interviews that are turning the news into scandalmongering "entertainment." Dena barely remembers Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where she spent four happy years before her mysterious mother abruptly left town and embarked on a decade of wandering before vanishing from 15-year-old Dena's life altogether in 1959. But the folks back in Elmwood Springs remember Baby Girl, daughter of a local boy killed in WWII, and Flagg has some obvious but effective fun with the contrast between the townspeople's homey-to-the-verge-of-caricature existence and Dena's high-powered urban-professional lifestyle. Of course, she's not really happy: she drinks too much and has bleeding ulcers that send her, acting reluctantly on doctor's orders, to a handsome psychiatrist (who falls in love with her at first sight, natch) and then back to Elmwood Springs to recuperate from overwork. Readers may share Dena's initial reaction to the relentlessly folksy locals ("Get me out of here," she commands her agent), but the New York cast of characters is just as cliched: noble, Walter Cronkite-like anchorman; sleazy network executive; sleazier "researcher"/dirt-digger. The author does, however, know how to spin a rattling good yarn. Even those who gag at the way she holds up "Neighbor Dorothy" and her hokey 1940s radio show as the epitome of small-town goodness will probably find themselves flipping pages rapidly to discover what happened to Dena's mother. The denouement has a clever twist, and if the happy ending is not exactly a surprise, it taps into enough classic American fantasies about getting out of the rat race to be quite moving. Shamelessly corny - and extremely enjoyable. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg is a bestselling author as well as an actress, TV producer, speaker and performer. Her book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe became a bestseller, as well as a heart-winning major motion picture. Flagg's script for the film was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award, and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Other bestselling novels include Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; and her latest, I Still Dream About You. She lives in California and Alabama.

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