Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Out of the blue one day, Sookie Poole receives a phone call informing her that she’s not who she thinks she is. Sookie discovers that her intimidating mother, Lenore, has been keeping a huge secret from her for years. This makes Sookie question who she really is and do some digging into her past. She discovers some very fascinating women in her past.
I’m a big fan of Fannie Flagg‘s so I was excited to pick up The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. While I enjoyed the book, I didn’t think it was as good as Flagg’s other books. I think maybe she tried to do too much with this one so the book felt too long and, at times, rambling to me.
I enjoyed the character of Sookie, even though I found her spineless at times. I guess that’s to be expected, though, because her mother, Lenore, was a force of nature! Lenore was a terrific character and so true to life – she’s the kind of woman you admire, as long as she’s not your own mother.
The storyline alternates between Sookie in the present day and the Jurdabralinski family during World War II. It takes a while for the two stories to come together but most readers will have things figured out before they do. Even though it rambled at times, I found the historical content of the Jurdabralinski family fascinating and do wish Flagg had included an author’s note about it – I did a little research to see how much of it was true. Overall, I liked but didn’t love this fun book. I think I’m in the minority, though – The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is getting raves from lots of other people.
Flagg narrates the audio version herself and does an outstanding job! I thought she was the perfect choice for the book. The audio book is on 9 CDs and lasts approximately 11 hours.