Sookie Poole who is looking forward to relaxing and traveling with her husband after just marrying off the last of her daughters,
Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, Sookie’s mother who, to most people is a lot of fun, but for Sookie she is just overbearing. This family reminds me of a saying from the circa 1980s sitcom Designing Women about crazy relatives: “… no one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they’re on….”
A Polish American, immigrant who took over the family Gas station when her father became ill and her brother was drafted into the war. She became an Air Force pilot a (WASP)
After accidentally discovering that she was adopted as an infant Sookie sets out to find the answers to her many questions that change her outlook on life and herself.
Fannie Flagg’s narrative alternates between two stories: the polish immigrant family and Sookie’s crazy southern family.
I did not know much anything, but their name, about the WASPS (Women Air Service Patrol) before I read this book. As a side note; CBS news Sunday Morning recently had segment on the WASP’s, see the video here
As usual Flagg’s characters are quirky and loveable. They make me laugh, they made me shed a tear.
I give this book a 5 stars. At the end of the book I did not want the story to end. I didn’t want to say good-bye to these new friends.