The most recent edition of the Anderson’s Book Club had us reading Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. Unfortunately, with the ridiculousness of PA school, I didn’t finish it in time (and you may have noticed the lack of reviews lately). But although delayed, I did however finish it! Overall, I thought it was a nice story, simple, cute, and often funny. It is basically a “fluff” novel, nothing earth-shattering, just a relaxing summer read that would make just about anyone smile. And while those are not the type of books I usually pick out, it was nice having a simple story while I was dealing with biochem and anatomy lectures.
The story begins with our main character, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle, at over 80 years old, climbing a ladder to pick figs from her fig tree, which she has been strictly instructed not to do by her overbearing, anxiety-ridden niece Norma. Besides figs, Elner finds a wasp nest, and she is stung multiple times and falls off the ladder. And so she begins quite a big journey, meeting some new people, learning some new things, and getting the answer to some of life’s mysteries, such as “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”. Norma is forced to begin to see her world differently, if she is to deal with all her old aunt is throwing her way, and the entire town begins to realize what a large role Elner plays in their lives.