I Still Dream About You (Flagg)

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For a comic mystery romp, Fannie Flagg's latest book, I Still Dream About You, has a lot of talk about suicide, incest, cross-dressing and vicious backstabbing. But hey, who says those are bad things? Flagg, the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and a half-dozen other popular books, has filled this charming new novel with quirky characters, led by a former Miss Alabama.
Sarah Pekkanen - Washington Post


Flagg's whimsical heartstring tugger (after Can't Wait to Get to Heaven) follows the continually interrupted suicide attempt of a former Birmingham, Ala., beauty queen, now 60 and a realtor. The 2008 election is hitting the home stretch as former Miss Alabama, Maggie Fortenberry, plans her exit from a world she can no longer bear. Still grieving over the loss of her best friend and unceasingly optimistic boss, Hazel Whizenknott, Maggie feels like a failure: the business is in decline, and she's lamenting a lifetime's worth of chances missed, including turning down her one true love. In fact, she's come up with 16 "perfectly good reasons to jump in the river" and only two reasons not to. Of course, there is hope to be found—professionally, personally, perhaps romantically—even in Maggie's darkest hours. Flagg gives the story some breadth with a subplot about a friend's campaign to become Birmingham's first black mayor. Maggie's quandary, meanwhile, is detailed with Flagg's trademark light touch and a sincere wit that's heavier on heart than sass.
Publishers Weekly

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