Fiction by Fannie Flagg.
I usually like Fannie Flagg's books, but this one was too disjointed and seemed rushed. She was trying to cover about a hundred years of a town's history and possibly make an unconventional statement about the afterlife as well, but the combination made the story fall kind of flat.
I also read recently by this author: The Last Reunion of the All-Girl Filling Station
(That one was good!)