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Standing in the Rainbow (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by [Flagg, Fannie]
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Standing in the Rainbow (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Kindle Edition

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From the talented storyteller whose Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe became a beloved bestseller and a successful film comes a sprawling, feel-good novel with an old-fashioned beginning, middle and end. The predominant setting is tiny Elmwood Springs, Mo., and the protagonist is 10-year-old Bobby Smith, an earnest Cub Scout also capable of sneaking earthworms into his big sister's bed. His father is the town pharmacist and his mother is local radio personality Neighbor Dorothy (whom readers will recognize from Flagg's Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!). In 1946, Harry Truman presides over a victorious nation anticipating a happy and prosperous future. During the next several decades, the plot expands to include numerous beguiling characters who interact with the Smith family among them, the Oatman Family Southern Gospel Singers, led by matriarch Minnie, who survive misadventures galore to find fame after an appearance on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1949, the same year Bobby's self-esteem soars when he wins the annual town bubble gum contest. Also on hand are tractor salesman Ham Sparks, who becomes amazingly successful in politics, despite his marriage to overwhelmingly shy Betty Raye Oatman, and well-liked mortician Cecil Figgs, a sponsor of Neighbor Dorothy, who, as a bachelor in the mid-century South, also enjoys a secret life. The effects of changing social mores are handled deftly; historical events as they impact little Elmwood Springs are duly noted, and everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Flagg brings her readers back to 1940s Elmwood, MO, when a family of white gospel singers bursts into town.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1240 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345452887
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Aug. 3 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1V2Y
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on June 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
I take passionate objection to this book. I have read all of Fannie Flagg's previous books and found them wonderful. I have a deep admiration for her writing skills. However, this book has no plot and the only thing connecting all of the people is the town in which they live. The part I found most interesting was Betty Raye's story, which disappoints because it turns into the Hamm Sparks story instead. On top of that the whole middle part of the book is all about Hamm Sparks and has nothing to do with Elmwood Springs. I re-read Welcome to the World Baby Girl before reading Standing in the Rainbow, to review all that I knew about Elmwood Springs and it's occupants. Welcome to the World's main character, Dena, moves to Elmwood Springs in 1979, gets married, has a baby and is thrilled to be 'home' again near her only living relatives Norma and Aunt Elner. After a hard life, with no family, Dena is happy to be around her Elmwood Spring's family that loves her so much. (So much that Norma can barely speak when Dena calls and says she's coming for a visit) In Standing in the Rainbow Dena is mentioned in one paragraph. Norma, Macky and Aunt Elner all pick up and move without a care in the world for leaving Dena behind.
The inconsistencies of this book are as follows:
1. In Welcome, the Revitalize down town project takes place in 1976, which we know because Norma writes Dena a letter hoping for a contribution. In Rainbow it doesn't show up until the 80s and no mention of Dena.
2. Welcome says that Gerry buys the WDOT house for Dena in 1984, while Rainbow in the very beginning of the 80's section, has Bobby come home for a funeral and while walking past his old house, mentions that he and his sister sold it 'a few years ago'
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If you are a certified baby-boomer, particularly one who was born and bred in a small town or thereabouts, "Standing in the Rainbow" is bound to bring back some pleasant memories- particularly memories of long, leisurely summer days when your biggest decision whether to go swimming or to go exploring with your best friend. With her usual gentle humor and beautifully-drawn characters, Fannie Flagg takes us back to a time when everyone in a small town knew everyone else, people sat on the front porch in the evenings, every drugstore had a soda-fountain, and screen doors had springs that made them to slam when little boys weren't careful.
That is not to say, however, that Miss Flagg sees the world only through rainbow-tinted glasses; her characters experience a wide range of experiences and emotions. Even so, Miss Flagg always manages to help her readers smile at life, even when the humor is mixed with a few tears.
At the center of the novel is the Neighbor Dorothy radio show starring Mrs. Dorothy Smith with her mother-in-law, Mother Smith, at the organ. (Some readers will remember Neighbor Dorothy as a supporting character in "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl.") The story, which begins in the 1930s and reaches into the 1990s, includes Neighbor Dorothy's household, her friends, neighbors, and fans. The cast of characters includes some colorful ones: Bobby Smith, whose learns a technique for winning the yearly bubble-blowing contest that helps him solve later problems, Tot Whooten, the local hair-stylist whose experiments with hair go as wrong as her family life, Betty Raye, the mousey member of a gospel-singing family who learns to overcome her stage-fright, and Aunt Elner who has the innate ability to adapt to any situation in any era.
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Fannie Flagg creates the warm, wholesome characters she is famous for and plops them down in the center of the US-- Elmwood Springs, Missouri, to be exact--- for a nostalgic look back at what life was like in the 1940s and into the 90's.
If you are a baby-boomer and remember The Arthur Godfrey Show, the Ink Spots, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Wildroot Cream oil, wearing a shiny dime in your penny loafers and more, you'll fall in love with Flagg's charming characters who populate this small town.
At the heart of the story is the family of Neighbor Dorothy, the homemaker cum radio personality we first met in WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY GIRL. This book more fully explores Neighbor Dorothy's family life as well as the people she connects with and the influence she wields throughout the state. The reader sees the world through the eyes of her son Bobby who longs for no greater honor than to become the Bubble Gum King of 1949 yet grows into a remarkable war hero and family man. Along with her daughter Anna Lee, her husband Doc who is the town pharmacist, and her mother-in-law we see a picture of a family that is not only idyllic but realistic in their affections, problems, and experiences.
Delightful in all respects, this book takes you through the Korean War, the anti-war movement of the 60's, the political travails of country bumpkins who long for the national stage, the liberation of women, and other important factual events that colored the lives of the American people. Real people mix with fictional in a story that is engrossing, satisfying, and hard to leave behind. You'll treasure your time with Neighbor Dorothy from her first broadcast to her final sign-off and be glad to be a part of the lives of people who remember buying a Christmas dress for $1.50, being mesmerized by the department store window at Christmas, and thrilling to the sight of a new neon sign lighting up the main street.
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