Folksy but interesting. Oscar-nominee and former partner of Rita Mae Brown, Fannie Flagg has a new novel out today The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel [Kindle] that reclaims a forgotten moment in butch history: the story of WWII's Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), whose official records were inexplicably classified and sealed for nearly thirty-five years. The 1,074 women who flew 60 million miles were not recognized as WWII veterans until 1977.
Of course, this being a Fannie Flagg story it's framed by spunky Southerners: Ancient, domineering Lenore Poole and her grown daughter who lives next door, Sookie, get a letter that sparks the flashbacks to an immigrant family in Wisconsin. Booklist says, "The Jurdabralinskis’ gas station was nearly shuttered when all the area men joined up during WWII, but the family’s four girls bravely stepped up. Eldest daughter Fritzi was already a great mechanic, having been a professional stunt plane pilot in the 1930s. When Fritzi joins the WASPS, an elite but downplayed female branch of the U.S. Air Force, the story really comes to life. Flagg’s storytelling talent is on full display. Her trademark quirky characters are warm and realistic, and the narrative switches easily between the present and the past."
Other tentpole books releasing today are:
- Amy Tan's novel The Valley of Amazement [Kindle]
- Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism [Kindle]
- Ann Patchett's hybrid memoir-fiction This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage [Kindle]
- Jeff Kinney's eighth hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
- Scott Snyder's bestselling Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family
- and the political hot potato Double Down: Game Change 2012 [Kindle]