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Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg (author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe) sticks with what she knows best and in Standing in the Rainbow, she brings us another small-town story with oddball and endearing characters. She tells the story of Elmwood Springs, Missouri with Bobby Smith, a mischevious 10-year old boy who considers himself lucky just to be born there, his mother who does a radio show from their living room, Hamm Sparks, a tractor salesman turned politician, and Poor Tot Whooten, the neighbor who endures almost-constant, comical bad luck. The Christian Science Monitor says of Standing in the Rainbow, "Beneath the sentimentality, there's a real celebration of life here, an affirmation that success and happiness are the results of simple kindness, gratitude, and courage."