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...
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(197mm x 128mm x 31mm)
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In this companion novel to Welcome To The World, Baby Girl, Fannie Flagg revisits the residents of Elmwood Springs, tracing their lives and loves from 1948 to 2000. Elmwood Springs is a small town in Southern Missouri where everybody knows everybody else. As the story begins, the Second World War has ended and the mood is cheerful. Neighbour Dorothy continues to broadcast her successful radio programme from her own living room and the rest of the state is able to listen in on the antics of her wayward children. One day the Oatman Family Southern Gospel Singers arrive in town, and before they're gone again, they've left one member in town and taken a resident with them. Betty Rae Oatman is the member who stays to enjoy the simple life of a small town, but who soon finds herself in the biggest house of them all. Fannie Flagg's books are perfect feelgood reading and she certainly delivers once again, combining comedy, romance and excellent storylines to produce yet another rich and poignant tapestry of small-town America. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg is the 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 I Still Dream About You; Welcome to the World Baby Girl!; A Redbird Christmas; and Can't Wait to Get to Heaven. She lives in California and Alabama.