Can’t Wait To Get To Heaven by Fannie Flagg
Summary: Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.
In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep.
My Thoughts: This was a hard book for me to get through. The chapters are all very short, I do not think that any of them really extend beyond six pages, and so it was really easy to put down. A lot. For weeks on end. I loved the characters; Flagg’s ability to develop characters is truly amazing. They are very well-developed, so likeable and each one has its own voice. Since I recently finished Lovely Bones, I did not like Elner’s heaven. And I really did not like Elner’s version of God. But, I started to warm up to it as I realized it was her heaven, and she could have what she wanted. The book did pick up toward the end, and I did want to finish it. Flagg even put in a little mystery toward the very end which did make the story more interesting. A good summer read, but far from a page-turner.