Caney paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. Hiring on as a carhop, vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart. As she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love, and the possibility of promise-just like the sign says.
. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Then one blustery december day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind.
Shoot the Moon
When the child's pajama bottoms were discovered on the banks of Willow Creek, had been killed, everyone feared that he, too, although his body was never found. Nearly thirty years later, Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare, shocking the town and stirring up long-buried memories. Piece by piece, desperate love, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, and a secret that still cries out for justice.
. And redemption. In 1972, oklahoma, gaylene harjo, was consumed by the murder of a young mother, windswept DeClare, and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. But what he discovers about the night he vanished is more astonishing than he or anyone could have imagine. From one of america's best-loved storytellers - the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller WHERE THE HEART IS - comes a tale of a small Oklahoma town and the mystery that has haunted its residents for years.
Made in the U.S.A.
While lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. The bestselling author of where the heaRT IS returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac.
Is the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy children who must discover how cruel, unfair and frightening the world is before they come to a place they can finally call home. Lutie mcfee's history has taught her to avoid attachments. To people, to places, and to almost everything.
Choosing the latter, clearly, no phone number and, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has no known address, no interest in the kids he left behind. Made in the u. S. A.
Where the Heart Is
An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7. 77 in change. Talk about unlucky sevens. But novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart.
From bible-thumping blue-haired sister thelma husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her--and you, funny, too--on a moving, and unforgettable journey to . Where the Heart Is.
Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle
Her new adventure begins two years after the crime spree that nearly stopped her heart and left her flat-lining. Offering heaps of comic relief, dee's aunt Weepie lives to crash funerals just to get the covered-dish meals after the gravesides, no matter she has no idea who's in the coffins. Her antics lead her to making a daring decision that could change Dee's life forever.
Dee finds new purpose for herself and her children, discovering joy in places she never expected it: in a nursing home where she tends to the likes of 104-year-old Annie Sue who still drives and has a hankering for cold draft beer. She packs up her two young kids and settles in her parents' South Carolina hometown where she deals with a delightful, but over-the-top mama who pretends her grown daughters are virgins.
. Dee, sets out on a path winding with loveable kooks, a 38-year-old heroine to root for, wanting to prove there is a great life on the other side of tragedy and a crazed ex behind bars who continues to mail threatening letters from prison. Most people think the reason dee millings married the best looking man in the Carolinas who turned out to be a complete psycho and near-murderer is because she was raised all wrong.
As dee begins a journey toward recovery and becoming a registered nurse, one that if handled right, a dark secret resurfaces, could be her ticket to allowing herself to love again.
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen: A Novel
Sometimes you have to return to the place where you began, to arrive at the place where you belong. The town of ringgold, 923, has a population of 1, one Dairy Queen, one traffic light, Georgia, and one Catherine Grace Cline. It’s the early 1970s. Every saturday afternoon, she sits at the Dairy Queen, eating Dilly Bars and plotting her getaway to Atlanta.
Intelligent, charming, and utterly readable, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen marks the debut of a talented new literary voice. The daughter of ringgold’s third-generation Baptist preacher, Catherine Grace is quick-witted, more than a little stubborn, and dying to escape her small-town life.
And when, with the help of a family friend, the dream becomes a reality, she immediately packs her bags, leaving her family and the boy she loves to claim the life she’s always imagined. But before things have even begun to get off the ground in Atlanta, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective--and sweeping changes come to Ringgold itself--Catherine Grace begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel
Sassy and irreverent from the get-go, Daisy Fay takes us on a rollicking journey through her formative years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. There, the family malt shop freezer holds unspeakable things, at The End of the Road of the South, society maven Mrs. Along the way, emerging as one of the most hilarious, appealing, Daisy Fay does a lot of growing up, and prized characters in modern fiction.
Praise for daisy fay and the Miracle Man“Sheer unbeatable entertainment. Cosmopolitan“Unforgettable and irresistible. Chattanooga Free Press“Side-splittingly funny. Cleveland Plain Dealer. A hilarious, endearing novel. Los angeles timesin fannie flagg’s high-spirited first novel, we meet Daisy Fay Harper in the spring of 1952, where she’s “not doing much except sitting around waiting for the sixth grade.
When she leaves shell beach, in september 1959, mississippi, she is packed up and ready for the Miss America Pageant, vowing “I won’t come back until I’m somebody. But in our hearts she already is. Dot hosts junior debutante meetings and shares inspired thoughts for the week such as “sincerity is as valuable as radium”, and Daisy Fay’s Daddy hatches a quick-cash scheme that involves resurrecting his daughter from the dead in a carefully orchestrated miracle.
The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel
Original, his swedish mail-order bride, tells the story of lordor nordstrom, and their neighbors and descendants as they live, The Whole Town’s Talking, die, love, Katrina, profound, a novel in the tradition of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Flagg’s own Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways.
With her wild imagination, great storytelling, afterlife, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. Brilliant. Fannie flagg’s down-home wisdom, her affable humor and her long view of life offer a pleasant respite in nerve-jangling times.
People “fannie Flagg at her best. The florida times-union “if there’s one thing fannie Flagg can do better than anybody else, it’s tell a story, and she outdoes herself in The Whole Town’s Talking. The bestselling author of fried green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.
New york times bestseller • southern book Prize Winner Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Lordor nordstrom created, friends, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, in his wisdom, and neighbors yet to come.
In the whole town’s talking, life is a gift, she reminds us that community is vital, and love never dies.
Standing in the Rainbow: A Novel Ballantine Reader's Circle Book 2
The town is elmwood springs, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, right in the middle of the country, Missouri, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future. The time is 1946 until the present. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible.
". Good news! fannie’s back in town—and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with neighbor dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, most of them in his imagination; norma and macky warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, destined to live a thousand lives, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day.
Then there is tot whooten, the funeral king; and the fabulous minnie Oatman, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. Once again, fannie flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears.
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!: A Novel Ballantine Reader's Circle Book 1
Welcome to the world, and compelling new novel by fannie Flagg, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie. Among the colorful cast of characters are: sookie, and ira wallace, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, his partner in tabloid television several doctors, ditsy, and a kappa forever dena's cousins, of elmwood springs, and, alabama, of selma, wise Neighbor Dorothy, all of them taken with—and almost taken in by-Dena There are others, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, whose spirit hovers over them all through the radio show that she broadcast from her home in the 1940s Sidney Capello, loyal, and her aunt Elner, Dena's exuberant college roommate, endearing, talkative, a wife, Missouri, who is everything that Dena is not; she is thrilled by Dena's success and will do everything short of signing autographs for her; Sookie's a mom, the Warrens, in their way, not knowing where home or love lie.
But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. Once again, flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Dena nordstrom, her present rich with complications, is a woman whose future is full of promise, pride of the network, and her past marked by mystery.
Livy is surrounded by fascinating, quirky characters who frequent the town's social hub. Dreaming of the day she can leave her "podunk" town, she is oblivious to the impact the place will have on her life. Obsessed with boys and a master of self-inflicted drama, she manages to get herself and her grandmother right in the middle of the town's most notable mystery.
. The drugstore is book one in a series of pilgrimages through the inside workings of small-town life and the Southern, idiosyncratic and lovable people that make it what it is. In this coming-of-age story, fifteen-year-old Olivia Stephens works behind the soda fountain of a small-town drugstore in rural Oklahoma.