Fannie Flagg writes a book with a Wisconsin connection
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is another one of her trademark heartwarming and humorous stories. The story starts in 2005 with main character Sookie, a 60-year-old woman, living in Alabama with her dentist husband. Except for having to deal with her demanding and flamboyant mother Lenore, she expects to be living a quiet life now that her four children are grown. Then Sookie finds out that she was adopted, and her birth mother was a young woman from the Jurdabralinski family of Pulaski, Wisconsin. The story alternates with Sookie coming to terms with the information about her adoption and the Jurdabralinksi family in the 1930s and 1940s. The Jurdabralinskis had four daughters and one son and ran a Phillips 66 gas station in Pulaski. The oldest, Fritzi, learned to fly and went barnstorming in the 1930s. When her father became ill and her brother Wink went into the military service, Fritzi and her sisters Gertrude, Tula, and Sophie Marie ran the gas station. As gasoline became scarce in World War II and the station had to close, Fritzi joined the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Gertrude and Sophie Marie later join her as pilots. The story of these WWII women pilots is fascinating. They flew military airplanes from the factory to the air base, towed targets for fighter pilots, transported cargo, and taught male pilots to fly. If you enjoyed Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café or if you like heartwarming stories with a dash of humor and history, then this is a book that you should check out and curl up to read.