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I Still Dream About You

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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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Random House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stacy
I have read every single book that Fannie Flagg has written. I've been a big fan ever since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. When I discovered that I Still Dream About You came out last year without me knowing it, I wondered, "how come I didn't hear about this?" I promptly went to the library and checked it out. Well now I know. If you want a good book you can rely on when you have a hard time falling asleep, well, maybe this is the one for you. I found myself reading one paragraph...more
V. Briceland
Subtle, this book ain't. Rather than let any mystery of character or plot accumulate throughout the book, Flagg stops the proceedings immediately to insert flashbacks that explain everything that happened in the previous chapter. In a novel that hinges on a girl-detective-style discovery of a literal skeleton in a closet, it's like reading a Nancy Drew mystery written for those with the shortest of short-term attention spans.

As for the decades-old mystery at the center of I Still Dream About You...more
Tonya
I couldn't read this fantastic book fast enough. Our main character Maggie feels as if there is nothing more in this life for her, so she has planned her own death. She gives away her clothes, closes her bank account; has basically everything all planned out. But one thing after another keeps happening so she has to delay her death.

All the characters are just fabulous and so full of life you can't help but chuckle outloud throughout the book! I really wanted to get more in depth in what happened...more
Carol
3.5 stars. I have to admit, it took me half way through the book to really get into it, but once Maggie and Brenda found the (view spoiler) in the attic, I was hooked. The most interesting aspect of the plot for me was when the research began on Edward/Edwina Crocker and their historic home Crestview, but my favorite character was Hazel; such an inspiration. Overall, a good book, but cannot compare to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Felicity
This probably deserves a 2.5...it wasn't a bad book. But it's Fannie Flagg (I mean, how can you take anyone with such a name seriously?). So the book is one of those syrupy, feel-good (even if it is about suicide), panetheon to female friendship books that you expect Fannie Flagg to produce. And if you're writing a feel-good book about suicide, then you're left--as I was--with this slightly uncomfortable feeling that Flagg didn't really address the kind of serious issues that might drive someone...more
Kathy
I think those of us who loved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe keep waiting for Fannie Flagg to give us another book that wonderful. Sadly, I Still Dream About You is not that book.

However, it is a solid 3.5 star entry (I rounded up). The characters, including the protagonist - an aging, former Miss Alabama, who is just about the nicest person ever set down on God's green Earth - are a bit on the cartoon side, but they are entertaining.

Ms. Flagg nails Alabama, how it looks, how the...more
Mary Ronan Drew
How did I manage to miss out on the entire Fannie Flagg thing? I’ve heard of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café, but somehow I didn’t get around to reading it. I might never have discovered the delightful Fannie Flagg if my belle-soeur hadn’t sent me a copy of this book, I Still Dream About You.

There were a dozen things I liked about this novel, the most important being the two real estate agents who are best friends and work together as a team, Maggie and Brenda. They work at an agenc...more
Susan
Fannie Flagg's charm has always been in her creation of communities where polite, optimistic and kind people are respected and successful. Take a few of those characters, throw in a neurotic friend, and then introduce a less friendly person to the mix, and you basically have the makings of a Fannie Flagg novel. This book is no different. In fact, it adheres to that formula so well that I can't entirely separate it from her previous books. Fortunately, I liked "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" and "A...more
Dianne
Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

In Ms Flagg’s new novel, we follow the multiple attempts at suicide of a former Miss Alabaman beauty queen. She is now 60 years old and a realtor in a struggling office. She is desperate to do it right, with no muss of fuss for anyone left behind and therein lies the rub. Man plans and God laughs is the theme of this novel, for no matter how carefully Maggie plans the very last detail of her suicide, something will come along and throw a monkey wrench into th...more
Mike
From the author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" we are met with another foray into a world best described as Southern Genteel Self-Loathing. I have read all of Fannie Flagg's books for one reason alone: They are funny and entertaining. But if I were living 300 years from now and trying to compile a sociological study of the south from her books, here are the things I would conclude.
1. Southerners count politeness as the greatest of all virtues...
2. even when murdering and chea...more
Shana
To me, Fannie Flagg and Lorna Landvik land in the same category of light, but not too fluffy reading. Their characters tend to be oddballs from the Midwest or the South, real, but still lovable. The stories encompass a community and usually ends happily with lessons learned and wishes fulfilled.

I Still Dream About You fit well within this category, though the pacing of the story really threw me off. I felt that it spent too much time setting the stage for the “big” event, then rushed through it,...more
Lavonne
Where, where do I start with this book? I picked it up because I had loved the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" by the author. However, I never actually read the book and probably never will now. I absolutely hated this book, although it did make me feel like a teenager again. I swear I haven't rolled my eyes so much while listening to anyone since I was 15 or 16.

I can rate this book on two levels:

First, the story, or lack of one. If you have ever heard a trite, over-used saying, it was in this boo...more
Diane
I felt that I really needed a book that might make me laugh, so I decided who better than Fannie Flagg to put a smile on my face. Well imagine my surprise when I discovered early on that the leading lady in this novel is planning her early death by suicide. (Don't worry, it is not a depressing book).

Margaret (Maggie) Fortenberry, imagined a wonderful life. She was crowned Miss Alabama in her younger days, but now forty years later, life has seemed to pass her by. She sees her life as having been...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Ahhhhh, Birmingham, Alabama, how I miss that city! I was excited to read what was advertised as a mystery by Fannie Flagg. But alas this book did not meet my expectations. While the descriptions of the Magic City were spot on and life in the Old South was true to what I remember, having lived there for ten years; I STILL DREAM OF YOU is not a mystery. Though there is a small mystery within the novel, the story is Maggie’s. And I found her to be whining and a bit boring.

In the last days of the 2...more
Jessica at Book Sake
I Still Dream About You follows along with a former Miss Alabama, Maggie Fortenberry, and her bout with depression. She is lonely and not where she thought she would end up in life, but no one else around her seems to see her that way. Everyone else thinks she is still gorgeous and leading a pretty nice life. Maggie is a real estate agent, but the business she’s worked at isn’t doing so well – mostly due to a vindictive competitor. Maggie is planning her suicide throughout the entire story, but...more
Lucy Hannigan
I love Fannie Flagg as a writer. I have only read a few of her books (and not "Fried Green Tomatoes"--I didn't like the movie and have no interest in reading the book), but every time I finish one, I'm ready for another...but then I forget and start reading something by another author and time passes before Fannie is back in my Kindle.

This book is set in Birmingham, Aabama (Fannie's home town)-- a place I have visited and where I found some of the friendliest people in the U.S. As I read the boo...more
Suzanne
The novel "I Still Dream About You" was absolutely delightful to read! Full of quirky characters, I felt that by the end of the book, I was best friends with all of them, especially Maggie and Brenda. Flagg is an amazing storyteller, and "I Still Dream About You" is no exception. She weaves a tale that is part mystery, part dramedy, that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, not wanting to miss a minute of this intricately weaved story that spans both generations and many decades in the li...more
Jeannie Walker
The main character in this novel is Maggie Fortenberry who was a former Miss Alabama. She is also a descendent of one of the women in Fried Green Tomatoes. But, there are some other intriguing characters that are adorable. I know a little something about planning out our own death-I hate to admit it- but I actually did just that - But, God had other plans for me. Just like God had other plans for Maggie.
This is a humorous and very witty novel that I think anyone and everyone will probably think...more
Becky
This was just an OK book for me, I have enjoyed other books by Fannie Flagg much more than this one. Maggie is a former Miss Alabama & currently a realtor. There were so many ridiculous characters & side stories that it just seemed silly to me. Not awful but I was a little disappointed, but I will still continue to read more of her books...
Gail Cooke

The irrepressible Fannie Flagg won us with such mirth making, affecting stories as Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café and Welcome To The world, Baby Girl!, now she reminds us of how much we enjoy her in I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU.

Her latest, a comic/mystery, takes place in Flagg's hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, and centers on Maggie Fortenberry. Now, most would think Maggie had it all - she's a former Miss Alabama, a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty, and has a covey of...more
Tricia
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
I have been a fan of Fannie Flagg since I read "Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe."
"I Still Dream About You" tells about four woman who are friends and work together at Red Mountain Reality. Maggie (former Miss Alabama), Hazel (the owner), Brenda (attracted to politics), and Ethel - The Purple Flash.
Fannie Flagg knows how to write good humor with heartwarming and wonderfully endearing characters and plot.
I just loved these people that Fannie...more
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars. I so wish we could show the half star!
I suspect Fannie Flagg is an acquired taste, though I admit I am a fan of Fannie Flagg’s books and her uniquely humorous and homespun way of looking at the world. This is as my husband who is reading it now I have finished said, ‘It’s exactly what you expect when you pick up a Fannie Flagg book.’ It is peopled with quirky, full of life characters, including Maggie Fortenberry, an ex Miss Alabama, now sixty or thereabouts and still si...more
Sidna
I have to say I was disappointed in this book. I usually love Flagg's writing,but this doesn't measure up to Fried Green Tomatoes or Can't Wait to Get to Heaven. This book did not make me laugh out loud. I think I was disappointed because I had high expectations, but the book wasn't anything that it could have been.

As soon as I started reading, I was sucked into the book because I thought it was a story about friendship between two women. It turned out to be about only one of them,a former Miss...more
Carrie
Started it as a possible book club pick. 20 pgs in I'm a little annoyed by the writing, so it's a No. However, I'll keep reading.

I think I really liked Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe! (Another Fannie Flagg novel).

This should've been in my started but didn't want to finish pile. It was not good! The story starts with a sixty yr old woman writing her "suicide" note; she's merely going away in her mind, and the story is about her mistakes (boring, she was a previous Miss Alabama &...more
Carol
Fannie Flagg writes about people with a touch of exaggerated wit that is at times ridiculous and is probably not on the tolerance meter of many readers. Having read two previous books, I am always game to venture into another. A theme of Flagg's books I read has been to present a central character who is down on their luck in the sense of having had a huge life tragedy or circumstance from which they feel unable to recover. I Still Dream About You is the story of Maggie who we learn immediately...more
Phyllis Sommers
A delightful story, about friendship, relationships, aging and life. With several laugh-out-loud and poignant moments, the highlights of this author's writing are her detailed character portraits. Maggie Fortenberry is a 60-ish-year old realtor, who, along with her best friend Brenda and their older friend, Ethel, work for Hazel Whisenknott. Hazel, the owner of Red Mountain Realty in Birmingham, Alabama, is a "little person" who overcomes her handicap to become the most successful realtor in Bir...more
Kathy
I really liked this book. It is not like Fannie Flagg's other books, but still explores that themes of friendships, woman power and the South. Maggie was an enigma to me, as I wasn't sure if she truly wanted to kill herself or just thought it would be something different. I did think if Maggie were truly planning to kill herself, she wouldn't have let anything stop her, and I think she was glad for the excuses.

She thought she had to live a certain way and do certain things because of who she was...more
Cheryl
I absolutely loved this book, perhaps because I am close to the age of the main character. It may also partially be because the graceful aging of those who have enjoyed great beauty or athletic skill in their youth has always been a fascinating subject for me. In either case, Maggie Fortenberry is no simple minded aging beauty queen as one might think a first glance, but a kind and compassionate woman long past the halcyon days of her youth who is unsure if life is still worth living. Her charac...more
Heather Muzik
This is the Fannie Flagg I know so well (at least through her books). I expect quirky and yet very tangible and accessible characters when I delve into her world and that is exactly what I got with I Still Dream About You. I always enjoy the journey through the small lives she writes about--lives with big impact, that resonate, showing how humanity is so intimately tied. This story had a nice little mystery woven through that didn't quite culminate with a bang to fit the intrigue, but since I wa...more
Audrey
Dec 27, 2010 Audrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I loved this book. I have always enjoyed Flagg's books, and this one did not disappoint. It was interesting to read about Birmingham as the setting and a character in the book after having lived in the Highland area of Birmingham for four years under the shadow of Red Mountain. I recognized many of the places she described in the novel, and it was neat to be able to connect to the novel in that manner.

I love the positive outlook she has on life, and the way it is portrayed through Flagg's books....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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