Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The All Girl Filling Station Last Reunion

A few weeks ago I popped into the library with Isla one night and I was looking for the newest Linda Castillo book.  Sadly, it wasn't in but as we were walking by a display The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg stuck out and I grabbed it.

Description: Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family's filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up atU the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Oh man did I have some flashbacks to Steel Magnolias as I read.  This is hilarious, serious, intriguing all in one.  It switches between Fritzi in the 1930s-1940s and present day Sookie.  It slowly reveals the family history of both women and how they connect.  It really reminded me of a Sarah Jio book with how it flipped back and forth from present day to the past and uncovered a secret.  The humor was well timed and not out of place at all.

I also learned more about women's roles in our military during WWII that I didn't before.  When I read Code Name Verity I learned about women in England and their role and this told about our women pilots.  It led me to googling and learning all tons of information.

Pick it up if you have the chance.  It reads quick. ;)

What books have you read about women and their roles in WWII? Do you like books that change narrators/time periods?

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