I Still Dream About You

I Still Dream About You

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
 
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400065936
1400065933
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: x, 314 p. ; 25 cm.

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glennside
Oct 06, 2015

I didn't find this book very interesting in the beginning but it drew me in and I enjoyed the story very much. Fanny Flagg's books are always a good read if you just want to escape and learn a little something through the experiences of Fanny's characters.

bbonier May 04, 2014

Charming story about a woman who's life seems perfect to everyone else but herself. She decides to do something about it, but life keeps getting in the way of her plans. The story combines humor with a little mystery and even has a "villain". There is a message here for all of us. I think most authors do not do a good job of reading their own material, but Fannie Flagg is wonderful.

deborah2252 Jul 18, 2012

I don't care that all her books sound kind of the same. She always writes about strong women and I love that. Flagg's writing makes me smile.

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lorenemiller
Jun 02, 2011

subtly humorous. The "mystery" gets wrapped up nicely. gives a good look at the Civil Rights movement from different perspectives.

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BigOrange
Jan 10, 2011

Always like her books, though they are getting a tad predictable.

tokyotower Dec 17, 2010

First half was boring to me. I almost gave up. But the middle was pretty interesting. Glad not to give up.

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