The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg


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Sarah “Sookie” Poole is fifty-nine years old. Her last daughter has just gotten married, and she plans to spend her remaining years relaxing with her husband Earle.

When a letter arrives that reveals a buried family secret, Sookie questions her entire existence, and goes on a journey of self-discovery to find the truth.

I didn’t finish this one. It’s not that it’s bad. I liked certain things about it, here and there. Time goes back and forth from chapter to chapter, and I often enjoyed the parts in the past.

My biggest problem is that, while the characters were likeable for the most part (when they weren’t being over-dramatic), I didn’t really care what happened to them. I found myself just waiting for the story to move along, but I felt like it wasn’t happening fast enough.

Another issue I had was that the point of view would suddenly switch to a minor character for a paragraph or two so we could see what they were thinking. It managed to keep me distant from the main character.

On a positive note, the writing is descriptive without being bogged down with detail. Flagg allows you to see what’s happening vividly, without massive paragraphs of description and scene-setting, which is always wonderful.

1) Overall Plot = 3
2) Characters = 2
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 3
4) Overall Enjoyability = 2

Average score of 2.5 out of 5

Where to buy the book: Amazon | B&N

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