Book Review: Standing in the Rainbow" |

Book Review: Standing in the Rainbow"

Standing in the Rainbow”

by Fannie Flagg

Random House 2002

Fannie Flagg, author of “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe,” does it again. A master storyteller, Flagg takes us to post-World War II Elmwood Springs, where we meet and come to care about its citizens.

The small Missouri town revolves around the Smith family: Dorothy, who broadcasts a daily radio show from her living room; her husband, Doc Smith, the town pharmacist; their young son, the rambunctious Bobby; and their high-strung teenage daughter, Anna Lee.

The world seems to congregate at the Smith household, and through them we meet those who are touched by this wonderful, loving, funny family. There are many colorful characters, each with his or her own story to tell.

Elmwood Springs is Smalltown, U.S.A., a place some of us come from or wish we had. We get lost in a time when people looked out for each other – a time of open windows and unlocked doors.

Fannie Flagg will make you smile wistfully in thinking about this simpler time; she will make you laugh out loud and make you sorry to leave Elmwood Springs.

– Linda Wasil, Grass Valley

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