#EmptyShelf Challenge Book #2: The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

January 12, 2014

 

fannie flagg

I’ve joined/started a book club at church for the new year. I’m excited about this because I’ve belonged to book clubs before and really have missed being in one. I love having the opportunity to read and discuss books that other people pick out for me.

Um…remind me I said that come October when I’m chin deep in books my new professors are requiring me to read and discuss with my classmates.

Anyway, this is the first book we’re reading in the new book club.

Title: The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

Author: Fannie Flagg

Started: January 4, 2014 Finished: January 10, 2014

Number of pages: 369   Total for 2014: 1461

What  it’s about: Sookie, a married mother of four adult children, discovers that she was adopted and has an identity crisis. In a parallel timeline, Sookie’s ancestors move from Poland and settle in Pulaski, WI and her mother and her aunts run a filling station during World War II and eventually become W.A.S.P.s (Women Airforce Service Pilots). While we “watch” Fritzi,Gertrude and Sophie courageously serve their country in the 1940s, during a time when their service was not valued because they were women, we “see” Sookie deal with the fact that who she thought she is, she actually is not.

Why I Read It: I chose this book for the book club. If you like fiction that features strong female characters, you can’t do much better than Fannie Flagg. She’s funny and charming and writes about complex relationships in a relateable way. It is book that is very funny and very good.