Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,519 ratings  ·  668 reviews
In Fannie Flagg’s high-spirited first novel, we meet Daisy Fay Harper in the spring of 1952, where she’s “not doing much except sitting around waiting for the sixth grade.” When she leaves Shell Beach, Mississippi, in September 1959, she is packed up and ready for the Miss America Pageant, vowing “I won’t come back until I’m somebody.” But in our hearts she already is.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1999 by Vintage (first published 1981)
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Pat
Sep 07, 2007 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks
Fannie Flagg is a brilliantly funny, authentic writer. If you ever read "Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe" or saw the movie, you will surely like this one too.
It is a highly entertaining account of the formative years of a very down to eart girl growing up in Coastal Mississippi in the 50's. Great characterization! The writing style is unique and is as though Daisy were simply have a conversation with you. Most enjoyable. Give it a try!
Tammra
This is one of my favorite books. It is so fun to read and fun to review. It is fun to see the adult world in this way through the eyes of an optimistic child. The story takes place during the 1950s in the South. The antics of Daisy Fay are heart-warming, crazy and at times side-splitting hilarious. I would recommend this book for everyone to enjoy.
Bobby
This is a coming of age tale of a young girl who dares to look at life with great optimism and sense of fun despite the fact that she is lives the unfortunate circumstance of a child with an alcoholic parent. Her father and mother's troubled marriage and her father's scheming and drinking do not dampen her zest for life, her creativity, or her spunk. Her story is shared in a diary style, yet tells far more than a diary. Daisy Fay is a maturing female who likes to write and she treasures her pape...more
Kimberly
Fannie Flagg books -the one you read when you feel that you are at your lowest point, when you feel that the world cannot get any worse, when you feel so over burdened that you are ready to go to pieces...if you can stop for a moment and pick up book, read anything written by Fannie Flagg and I PROMISE you that you will feel better...you will laugh and you will cry...you will do both at the same time...she is by far one of the best fiction/humor writers since Damon Runyon walked into Mindy's and...more
Tricia
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is a coming-of-age story set in Mississippi in the 1950s. The story is told in diary entries (which I love) and follows Daisy from age 11 until after she finishes high school. Daisy is a spunky character who has to put up with a completely dysfunctional family, including an alcoholic father. There are all kinds of interesting characters involved including a crippled girl, a man with elphantiasis, an albino woman, Daisy's best friend Pickle, and Daisy's arch-nemesis,...more
MissSusie
Daisy Fay Harper is now one of my favorite characters! She is spunky and independent and surrounded by a great cast of characters. This book spans Daisy Fay’s life from 1952-1959 at the beginning of the book she is 11 years old. Daisy Fay’s daddy is a drunk but she stands by him through thick and thin, he isn’t a mean drunk so that’s ok LOL.

It is so fun to read about her discovering life especially since this book is set in the 50’s.One of my favorite scenes is when they are living in Shell Beac...more
Hayden
I love this book. I think Fannie Flagg might just be my favorite author.

Daisy Fay starts out as a spunky young girl with a big imagination and an uncanny ability to see the best in people. She doesn't exactly come from an All-American family, but she loves her Momma and Daddy, despite their shortcomings. Which is not to say she doesn't occasionally get into trouble, because she also has quite a knack for being mischievous too.

What I like about this novel is that we get to see little Daisy Fay gr...more
Laura Rodd
It’s narrative voice is that of an eleven-year old girl from Jackson, Mississippi who is watching her parents struggle through a nasty break up and separation, her father addiction to alcohol, her mother’s inevitable abandonment of the family, and the mistakes of a myriad of other adults who should be stabilizing influences in her young life. She sees all with clarity, (perhaps only children are able to have because they are at the stage in their human development where they have no conception...more
Jay
I've read almost all of Flagg's other books and saw this one on a list of best Southern books, so I had to give it a shot. If you've had kids, especially girls, in the past 10 years, you might have read some Junie B. Jones books. They are all relatively short books written in diary format told from the point of view of an elementary school-aged girl who gets herself into predicaments. Daisy Fay could well have been Junie B. with a few more years on her. While I really enjoyed reading Junie B. Jo...more
Robin
Mar 13, 2008 Robin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody!
Haaaaaated it! I don't understand the inspiration behind this book (or, shall I say, the lack thereof?) For starters, what would possess a person to write a book about "white trash" in the first place? Secondly, why do her critics call it "side-splittingly funny" and "sheer, unbeatable entertainment"? I didn't miss the attempted humor...I just found this book to be morally degrading and not all that funny. Some parts caused me to wonder why on earth someone would send this book to print and not...more
Dana
this book was both hysterically laugh out loud funny to at times going on a little too long. a good light summer read
J.
This is one of the most hysterically funny books I have ever read and one of the few books I have to stop in the middle of reading to laugh uncontrollably. I read it for the first time around twenty years ago. To this day, remebering certain scenes brings a smile to my face and causes me to shake my head in awe of Flagg's sense of humor. She is a brilliant writer who can handle both comedic and tragic stories lines to their poignant conclusions. I cannot, to this day, look at a screen door or a...more
Claudia Sesto
"Finora, non ho mai sentito parlare di un solo fatto della vita che mi piaccia."
Questo libro è il diario di una ragazzina di nome Daisy Fay Harper che vive nello stato del Mississipi intorno agli anni '50, dove il razzismo dilagava, i bianchi vivevano separati dai neri che erano costretti solo a fare lavori umili e sottomessi.
Con tratti ironici, taglienti e graffianti Daisy ci racconta la sua vita con un padre alcolizzato, la madre che alla fine scappa perchè non ce la fa più a stare con un uom...more
Zoeytron
This book tickled my funny bone from beginning to end. It was full of the outrageous observations of an 11 year old girl by the name of Daisy Fay Harper. The author captured the literal mindedness of a little kid, no question about it. The setting is Shell Beach, Mississippi in the early 1950's. Residents in the small town are expertly fleshed out for us, thanks to Daisy Fay. No one escapes her hilarious notions. This one will make you smile.
Jeanette
This book was an entertaining read. It covers the whole gamut: alcoholism, disfunctional families, racisim, murder, homosexuality, you name it. Having said that, the book sounds rather lurid. It's not. It's written from the perspective of a child and done in a humorous and non-judgemental way. A good, quick read.
Kaye
This book is a re-read from a long time ago.

The first time I read it , I would have given this a 5 . but on re-reading it will get a 4 .

The tale is told by Daisy Fay ,who is a young girl of probably about 10 when the story starts . She grows up in Mississippi in the early 1950's.

She's got a pretty dysfunctional family ,due mainly to her dad's hair-brained ideas to get rich. They all fail , and each time, they come out a little worse . He finally goes in half with a friend to buy a restaurant and...more
Liisa
Fannie Flagg's 'Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man' has failed to ignite that Southern Charm spark which makes me usually fall in love with her books.

Before I pass final judgement, I am going to leave it be and come back to it down the road.
Mindy
I have never read a book as brilliantly funny as Daisy Faye. Whenever someone I love needs some cheering up I buy them this book and can't wait for them to read it so I can laugh with them about it. Her disarming sixth grader stream of consciousness prose was so refreshingly different from anything I have ever read. I tried to read a few of her other books and unfortunately did not find them of the same caliber… but she really hit the nail on the head with this one. Daisy Fay is irreverently, ac...more
Chris
My favorite book so far. I could read it over and over.
Kat
A coming of age story set in the South. Very funny.
Beth
I have read some really good Fannie Flagg books and some mediocre Fannie Flag books that were entertaining enough to keep reading. That is why I picked up this book. I kept reading to give her the benefit of the doubt, since this was her first novel. But really, it was all very unbelievable, though terribly sad because there probably are people who live in such broken families where they have to just take care of themselves. Anyways, look at my other reviews for Fannie Flagg books I would recomm...more
jimtown
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg is a riot. Daisy Fay at age eleven runs off at the mouth. She runs a non-stop commentary on the people in her family, life and community like none other. She hits on every scam, old wives tale and rumor of the day. Set in the 1950's, Daisy's innocence is a great backdrop for exposing all these truths and myths. Even though the tone of the book turned a bit at the second half, Daisy Fay never loses her innocence as life continues to hammer at her. She...more
Chana
It does have its funny moments, but I didn't find it "side-splittingly funny" as the Cleveland Plain Dealer did. There is an awful lot of alcohol drinking going on in this book. It seems almost anachronistic to me, what with the attention to natural, organic, good health and coffee that I experience every day in Seattle. Isn't it amazing how long ago the 1950's actually were? I get the feeling that every year I slip a little further behind in keeping up with the age I live in now. The 1950's in...more
Kandice
I already knew, going in, that I liked Fannie Flagg's writing "voice", but this was so much more entertaining than even her usual writing. The story is told in the journal entries of Daisy Fay beginning a day or so after her 11th birthday and following her through her 17th year. For lack of a better term, Daisy Fay is just a hoot!

Daisy's parents are very passionate. Not just in their loving, but in their fighting as well. They move to a beach, purchasing a share in a malt shop. Like all of Daisy...more
Christina
This is the 1981 edition I checked out from the library. I'm not sure when the title was changed to Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. Who thought it would be a good idea to change the title of a book that had already been published? Besides, the original title is 100 times better. I'm not even sure who the "Miracle Man" is supposed to be. I guess Coming Attractions didn't sound Southern and quirky enough or something. Pffff.

But ok. I loved it. Law, I haven't laughed so much at a book in years! The...more
Katie
The novel is divided into two sections. In the first, Daisy Fay lives with her Momma and Daddy in the largely deserted coastal town of Shell Beach, running a failing malt shop with with mysterious contents hidden in the freezer. In the second, seven years after the book begins, Daisy leaves Shell Beach to compete in the Miss America Pageant.

The book is written in diary form and the distinctive and engaging voice of the narrator is apparent from the very first words of Daisy Fay and the Miracle M...more
L8blmr
This story was told in first person by the title character, a different POV than Ms. Flagg's other novels of life in the Old South. When I quickly discovered that Daisy Fay is only 11 years old at the beginning of the book and that it is essentially a journal, I prepared myself to be disappointed. Once again, I was wrong.

No one writes Southerners like Fannie Flagg. Her characters are far from perfect, unsophisticated (even those who believe they are the upper echelon of their society) and about...more
Kelley
I loved the voice of this story....it could not have been more authentic. The author did an amazing job of making the perspective that of the 11yr old and then 17yr old and carried the same characteristics but showed maturity. I was really impressed and the storied told could not have been any funnier!!! There was also a maturity in how Daisy Fay handeled all the challenges she had to face! I just loved it!!!

My favorite parts were Pickles and Mustard going to Prom, and the ice cream shop caving...more
Virginia
This is the last of Fannie Flagg's novels that I yet to read, but was the first that she wrote. While I found it hard to put down as I wanted to see how the life of poor Daisy Fay turned out, I cannot say that I enjoyed this book nor can I tell you why.

This is Daisy Fay's diary as she wrote it from the time she was ten until she goes off into the world seeking adventure at the age of 20. Along the way, she encounters an unlikely cast of predictable characters that pass into and out of her life i...more
Sandi
This was a suggested read and the jacket said it was hilarious so I thought I'd give it a try. Maybe I didn't like it because I didn't grow up during the 50s but I really don't think that's the reason.

SPOILER ALERT: I will be discussing details of the book so if you haven't read it be warned that you may not want to continue reading my opinion.












I didn't like most of the characters in this book. This book was written as a diary so there was some humor but most of it was because of Daisy Fay's ign...more
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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater.

She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby G...more
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