I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg is a charmer. Maggie always expected a happy ending. A former Miss Alabama she thought her life
was going to take a smooth path but the best laid plans go awry and Maggie’s
veered off course from the get-go. As
the book opens Maggie is 60 and preparing to exit. She feels like a failure, living alone in an
apartment, selling real estate in a market that has changed from gentility to
cutthroat. I liked this book. Every once in a while it is a good idea to
read a book that makes you laugh and feel good while reflecting a bit on
life. Maggie’s life wasn’t turning out
the way she wanted, she made some big mistakes right out of the starting gate
but that is so like the way things usually happen. Don’t we all start out bright eyed and bushy
tailed, full of optimism for making something of ourselves? And don’t most of us take a few wrong turns
along the way (or many wrong turns for some of us)? Can you reclaim some of that promise in the
final part of your life? It is a
question dealt with beautifully by Kazuo Ishiguro in The Remains of the Day. Fannie Flagg has a bit more fun with the
premise as her characters careen all over Birmingham. The story is chock full of memorable
characters. Maggie’s boss Hazel, the
dwarf dynamo, who made work fun for her agents.
Bonnie, Maggie’s partner, who worries about her weight, carries around a
tool box in her purse, and wants to go into politics. Even the villains are memorable, Babs
Bingington the Beast of Birmingham, is cutthroat to the bone, willing to cheat
and lie to steal listings from the more scrupulous agents. Southern to the core, full of humor, this is
a book that will give you a chuckle and make you feel good.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The beloved Fannie Flagg is at her irresistible and hilarious best in I Still Dream About You, a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future.
Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect—she’s lovely, charming, and a successful agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie’s past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret.
I Still Dream About You is a wonderful novel that is equal parts southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old-fashioned wisdom that can be served up only by America’s own remarkable Fannie Flagg.
About the Author
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 nineteen 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 Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; and Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award, and 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 Flagg is] a born storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate . . . Born of a tender heart and nurtured by an imaginative mind, it’s certain to touch the reader’s soul.”—Richmond Times Dispatch
“A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups.”—The Birmingham News
“Classic Fannie . . . What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human.”—Southern Living