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Coming Attractions by Fannie Flagg
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Apr 26, 2010

really liked it
Read from April 26 to May 02, 2010

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's fathers plans, he hasn't really thought it through. The tourist season is too short, the business too expensive to run, and they just spend too much money! Not to mention that fact that he's an alcoholic. A sweet man, with the best of intentions most of the time, but an alcoholic just the same, drinking up the proceeds. What they lack in funds, they make up for in friends. My favorite part of Flagg's books are peripheral characters. They are always a little flawed, kooky, sweet or mean. Everyone is larger than life in some way, but Flagg somehow keeps them realistic.

Daisy is brutally honest, as as she grows, the entries become more about what's really happening than what a child thinks is happening. We as the reader can read between the lines, but it's refreshing that Daisy can't. She is innocent, sweet and very honest, but she's still only 11 when we meet her, so not exactly in the know. One of the best things about the novel is seeing Daisy mature, and occasionally look back on an event and see it for what it really was. We knew as we read, she just didn't as she wrote. It's a fine line and Flagg does a great job walking it.

Through Daisy we see the injustice of bigotry, not just race, but gender and how certain classes of people are perceived. In the beginning, even though she is as country as they come, Daisy sees herself and her family as better than the potato farmers and shrimpers she is surrounded by. She is taught that she is better than black people, and yet befriends them as easily as she does the white people she encounters. With no clear "ah ha" moment, we experience her learning how all people are capable of good. We are all born equal, and it's circumstance and what we do with ourselves that really defines who we are, not our color or station in life.

The pattern of the book is Daisy looking forward to the next big step in her life, only to be disapointed when it actually gets here. Never mind. Our Daisy seems able to make the best of every situation. She never despairs, and part of what keeps her hope afloat is all the friends she collects. She's loyal, honest, unselfish and kind. She helps who she can, when she can, insuring there's always someone to help her when she needs it. It's a lesson we should all learn.

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Kandice This is very cute! It's narrated, stream of conciousness style, by a young, very sassy, Southern girl and I love her "voice".

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