as John Irving excels at portraits of quirky New Englanders, Fannie
Flagg has cornered the market on zany midwestern folks.
Resurrecting the lovable, laughable characters from her previous
novel WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY GIRL, Flagg's latest effort
STANDING IN THE RAINBOW is combination comic genius and tribute to
The town itself --- Elmwood Springs, Missouri --- is the leading
character here, but it's the supporting roles that drive the story.
From 1946 to 2000, the town is the quaint setting for the everyday
life of radio personality Neighbor Dorothy Smith and her