Review: Welcome To The World, Baby Girl! by: Fannie Flagg

by - Monday, July 13, 2015

Title: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
Author: Fannie Flagg
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: Elmwood Springs #1
Pages: 396
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).

Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

Among the colorful cast of characters are:

   Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena's exuberant  college roommate, 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, a wife, and a Kappa forever
    Dena's cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner,  of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal,  talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise
    Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them  all through the radio show that she broadcast  from her home in the 1940s
   Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace,  his partner in tabloid television
    Several doctors, all of them taken with--and  almost taken in by-Dena

There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.

My Thoughts:

I had never read a Fannie Flagg book in my life yet to date I had seen her on Match Game on tv and went to investigate her books.  I remember this book from when I worked in a library but never had the chance to read and kick myself now it was such a great story about change in life, and how we see ourselves, what we want in life and what is really important.

Dena aka Baby Girl finds that what she thought made her happy being in the networks, but she finds that with having ulcer issues that maybe what she needs is to step back and find out what happened to her family.

Fannie takes you on such a huge journey that stems a lot of years as we learn about Dena's mother, and her family and what happened and the choices that were made.  I loved reading this I felt I couldn't put it down.  I loved the people of Elmwood Springs and what they offered and how the accepted Dena regardless of anything she had been through or where she came from!

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