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Standing in the Rainbow

by Fannie Flagg

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Good news! Fannie Flagg's back in town - and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her 10-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination. And we meet Norma and Macky Warren and their 98-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the "little blind songbird"; Cecil Figgs, the "funeral king", and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future. Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."

Customer Reviews

Southern Charm at it's Best

Standing in the Rainbow was an excellent book to listen to as an audiobook. Fannie Flagg's signature southern accent and gentle nature only adds even more charm to an already excellent, funny and touching book. Would highly recommend this, and any of her other books for that matter, to anyone who is looking for a sweet story with a gentle heart.


I absolutely love this book! I am a usually a reader of only “Chick-Lit” but found this a refreshing change. I thought so highly of this book that I gave it as gifts to many different women of different age ranges.

Standing in the Rainbow

One of the best books ever!!! This is definitely Fannie Flagg at her best. Brought me back to a time at my grandmother's house when I was a little girl.

Fannie Flagg, Standing in the Rainbow
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  • Narrator: Fannie Flagg
  • Published: 2002
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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