I Still Dream About You: Book summary and reviews of I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

I Still Dream About You

A Novel

by Fannie Flagg

I Still Dream About You
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2010
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The beloved Fannie Flagg is back and 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 real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition. She had been on her hopeful way to becoming Miss America and realizing her childhood dream of someday living in one of the elegant old homes on top of Red Mountain, with the adoring husband and the 2.5 children, but then something unexpected happened and changed everything.

Maggie graduated at the top of her class at charm school, can fold a napkin in more than forty-eight different ways, and can enter and exit a car gracefully, but all the finesse in the world cannot help her now. Since the legendary real estate dynamo Hazel Whisenknott, beloved founder of Red Mountain Realty, died five years ago, business has gone from bad to worse - and the future isn’t looking much better. But just when things seem completely hopeless, Maggie suddenly comes up with the perfect plan to solve it all.

As Maggie prepares to put her plan into action, we meet the cast of high-spirited characters around her. To Brenda Peoples, Maggie’s best friend and real estate partner, Maggie’s life seems easy as pie. Slender Maggie doesn’t have to worry about her figure, or about her Weight Watchers sponsor catching her at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. And Ethel Clipp, Red Mountain’s ancient and grumpy office manager with the bright purple hair, thinks the world of Maggie but has absolutely nothing nice to say about their rival Babs "The Beast of Birmingham" Bingington, the unscrupulous estate agent who hates Maggie and is determined to put her out of business.

Maggie has heartbreaking secrets in her past, but through a strange turn of events, she soon discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems - dead or alive - 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.
 

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"Maggie...detailed with Flagg's trademark light touch and a sincere wit that's heavier on heart than sass." - Publishers Weekly

"Although the plot may justify tarring its villain or deifying its savior too broadly, there is no excuse for the Hazel-ex-machina ending.What could have been an edgy excursion into the individual toll of the Recession on real women devolves into fluff." - Kirkus Reviews

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Barb

I Still Dream About You is a book you can't put down.
I enjoyed this book so very much. It's fun and warm and surprising. Whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen next I found I was wrong. I just couldn't put it down. Fannie Flagg has never disappointed me. This is another great story.

Lana M

Another winner!
I have long been a Fannie Flagg fan - I've read her books for years - Coming Attraction was one of my all time favorites. UNTIL I read "I Still Dream About You". I had to put the book down and get control of myself, from laughing, before picking up the book to read it again. The way Fannie Flagg captures the true essence of Southern women just hits the nail on the head. I have recommended this book to everyone I know. I even put it on my status on facebook. Fannie Flagg has been a favorite author of mine for a long time and this book just proves, even more, why!

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Fannie Flagg Author Biography

Patricia Neal, known professionally as Fannie Flagg, is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game, and for the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation, and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year.

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 ...

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