Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

Title: I Still Dream About You
Author: Fanny Flagg
Year Published: 2010

Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 335
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Location (my 2016 Google Reading map)USA (Alabama)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the back of the book):
 The beloved Fanny 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.

Review: Fannie Flagg actually lives less than a mile from me so I feel like I have a connection to her even though she doesn't know I exist. Actually, we've met once, but just in passing :-) I enjoyed her book (and the movie) Fried Green Tomatoes, but this one didn't capture my attention quite as much.

Maggie and her friends/colleagues at the Red Mountain company definitely feel like they are in a rut and that something needs to happen soon to shake them up. Maggie in particular, which become evident very quickly as the reader learns that Maggie plans to kill herself. But, she keeps postponing it as life gets in the way.

Fanny Flagg's books can be so funny and I was expecting that from this one, but that didn't happen. I think I just didn't connect to Maggie the way I hoped I would.

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