The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Audio interviewAudio Interview With the Editor

Fannie Flagg, the bestselling author of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE returns in full form this winter with her ninth novel, THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg

In this Authorlink audio interview,Fannie talks about the new novel’s story line, what inspired her to write the book, and her own personal habits and struggles as a writer, and why she almost gave up writing Fried Green Tomatoes. Here we learn some things we may have never known about Fannie, including how she got her name. Fannie not only wrote the book, Fried Green Tomatoes, but also the screenplay for the movie version, staring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. The film earned two Academy Award nominations.

Fannie Flagg Portrait
Fannie Flagg
Photo by Andrew Southam

In The All-Girl Filling Station, Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job  of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns more and more about the adventures of the girls of the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life…

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg at her irresistible best.


Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play entitled, “The Whoopee Girls” and she has not stopped since.  At age 19 she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote and appeared on “Candid Camera.”  She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater.  She is the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; and I Still Dream About You.  Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award, the Writers Guild of America Award, and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year.  Flagg lives happily in California and Alabama.


“Fannie flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride…A charming story written with wit and empathy…just the right blend of history and fiction.” — Kirkus

“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. Flagg’s fans won’t be disappointed in this one, and there’s a lot to be said for giving tribute to the real-life WASPs…Great possibilities for nonfiction pairings abound for book clubs.” — Booklist

“I’ve been a passionate fan of Fannie Flagg’s work since I first read her sensational novel ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.’  I still think that novel defines the South in a way that seems utterly perfect in its scope and humanity.  Here’s what you always get from Fannie Flagg: a beautifully told tale, world-class humor, and characters who live forever in a grateful reader’s world.  And she keeps getting better and better.  ‘The All-Girl Filling Stations Last Reunion’ proves it.” — Pat Conroy

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel.  With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights.  Readers are even treated to the fascinating story of the WASPs, great unsung heroines of World War Two.  And, best of all, there’s Sookie Poole. Sookie is great company, and it’s a pleasure to travel along with her on her journey to discover who she is.” — Edward Kelsey Moore

“An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II.” — Beth Hoffman

““Thank God for Fannie Flagg. What would Southern fiction be without her? The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is sly and funny, the characters proving that Southerners aren’t just born—they can be made, too. It is a delight from beginning to end, where it hits you with an emotional impact you aren’t expecting. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, listening until it gets dark and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet night around you.” — Sarah Addison Allen

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Reunion is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg’s trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you’re looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you.” — Kristin Hannah

“Fannie Flagg is a fantastic story teller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait for her next book.” — Carol Burnett

“There is no novelist better at exploring the sunny side of the American soul than Fannie Flagg. Her books cast a marvelous spell – one minute I’m laughing, the next minute a lump in my throat, and then a sad smile with a rush of deep feeling.  The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is charming, funny, and deeply satisfying.” — Mark Childress

The beloved Fannie Flagg, bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, returns this fall with THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION (Random House, On Sale November 5), a comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.

Random House ~ On Sale November 2013

Hardcover ISBN: 9781400065943 ~ eBook ISBN: 9780812994636