Flagg's latest book, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, is a hoot, and Cecelia's pick for the Chapter 1 Book Club meeting Thurs. Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library.
Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama has just embarked upon an empty nest, and is set to enjoy life with her husband Earle. She has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking to relax and perhaps even travel. But, then there's her mother to deal with; Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Even at 88, Ms. Lenore is beautiful and loads of fun to everyone, except Sookie who pretty much thinks her mother is overbearing.
As it is with life's crazy twists and turns, Sookie finds out that Ms Lenore is not even her biological mother. That's a great thing to be hit with when you are Sookie's age, or what she thought was her age. Sookie finds out she's a year older! She doesn't get the opportunity to gracefully segue into 60 from 59. Nope, she's slammed right into the big 6-0!
Sookie's real mother is Fritzi Willinka Jurdabralinski of Pulaski, Wisconsin, oldest child of Polish parents! Fritzi's father owns a service station but falls ill. Her brother goes off to war. That leaves Fritzi and her sisters to run the service station. With all girls running the shop, it became quite popular. Fritzi later joins a flying circus. Then she enters the volunteer Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.
Naturally, all this news leaves poor Sookie in identity crisis mode! For 59 years she was a full blown all-southern girl. Now, Sookie learns that she has deep Polish roots. You just know the book is a fun read!
So, read the book and stop by to discuss Sookie's crazy life journey! No reservation needed and you don't have to be a member to participate. And, as always, there will be light refreshments and door prizes.
We'll see you there!