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Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

February 27, 2014

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  Even though it rambled at times, I found the historical content of the Jurdabralinski family fascinating and do wish Flagg had included an author’s note about it – I did a little research to see how much of it was true.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.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
25 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea permalink
    February 27, 2014 7:13 am

    I love the sound of this one and would like to try the audio. Thanks for sharing.

  2. February 27, 2014 7:29 am

    Boy, don’t we all know women we admire as long as they are not our own mother-in-law what a great observation.

  3. February 27, 2014 7:41 am

    I wasn’t sure about this audio because Flagg narrated it. Glad she did a good job.

  4. February 27, 2014 7:45 am

    I can’t believe another author used the name of Sookie after all the exposure given to Sookie Stackhouse!

  5. February 27, 2014 7:52 am

    Is Sookie a shortened form for some other name? Just asking.

  6. Patty permalink
    February 27, 2014 9:36 am

    Every once in a while it does seem that an author loses a little bit of magic. I have not read this author in a while but my reading tastes have changed so much…I probably would not go back to reading her again. But…I did love her!

  7. February 27, 2014 9:58 am

    I have enjoyed a few of Flagg’s books on audio over the years…her narration adds to the atmosphere!

  8. February 27, 2014 11:35 am

    Yours is the first review I’ve seen on Flagg’s new book. Great review!

  9. February 27, 2014 12:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, Kathy! The characters in this book sound like real-life people.

  10. February 27, 2014 12:38 pm

    I have enjoyed many of Flagg’s books on audio, and I bought this one via Audible. I still have to listen though. I didn’t like her last book, cant’ remember title, but I had it from library on audio and actually didn’t finish.
    Thanks for the honest review.

  11. February 27, 2014 12:54 pm

    I find myself getting a little annoyed with characters who are even occasionally spineless. Still, this sounds like a worthwhile read even if not the author’s best work.

  12. February 27, 2014 1:15 pm

    I’ve only read one book by Flagg. You guess it; it was Whistle Stop Cafe! I loved it. I don’t know why I’ve never read another by her! The fact that she reads it actually makes me a little more interested. I’ll have to seek it out!

  13. February 27, 2014 6:50 pm

    I’m waiting for this one (on audio) to come from the library. I’ve enjoyed most of her books. I respect you for giving an honest opinion on this one. Every author is entitled to have one miss, in my opinion. Glad it was fun and not a total waste.

  14. February 27, 2014 6:51 pm

    I’ve got a few of her books on my list, and now I’ll be adding this book to it. Good to know she does a good job as a narrator!

  15. February 27, 2014 6:55 pm

    This is one of those ones that I don’t know if I could read, just because Sookie annoys me as a name! Same reason I’ve never tried Charlaine Harris (silly, I know).

  16. February 27, 2014 8:07 pm

    Oh, I want to read this just because she narrates it! It has been a while since I read anything by her anyway. 🙂

  17. February 27, 2014 9:22 pm

    I really liked this one! Love Flagg’s humor and story-telling.

  18. February 28, 2014 9:52 am

    I’m planning on listening to this so I’m glad you recommend the audio.

  19. February 28, 2014 5:52 pm

    Sounds cute! Glad the author did so well with the narration- she sounds good in the sample. I didn’t realize the name Sookie was so popular! The first time I heard about it was in Charlaine Harris’ books.

  20. March 1, 2014 11:04 am

    This sounds like a fun one for audio! I think I will see if my library has it. Thanks for the review Kathy!

  21. March 1, 2014 4:39 pm

    I’m not sure if I’ve heard about this one or not. Flagg is hit or miss for me. I LOVE Daisy Fay and Fried Green Tomatoes but some of her others have felt longer and rambly to me. I do like the suggestions to listen to her books on audio! I bet they’re great.

  22. March 2, 2014 9:49 pm

    I love that she narrated the book and was able to pull it off, that always adds something extra for me.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    March 6, 2014 9:16 am

    I felt the exact same way about this one. And then I was very surprised to see the reviews on Amazon.

  24. March 7, 2014 10:09 am

    I’ve got this on audio so I’m so glad to hear that Flagg does a good job! Can’t wait to listen to it.

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