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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  14,431 ratings  ·  1,099 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.

Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a nonfiction reader at heart who appreciates quality historical fiction. Now that that is out of the way, I think that 2020 will be remembered not as much for what I read but for who I read with. With personal relationships at a premium these days, I have craved buddy reads in all of my good reads groups. Although reading is a solitary activity, at least I know that others are reading the same book as me that will be followed by a lengthy discussion. In one of my good reads groups, some of ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I did enjoy the end of the book more than the beginning, but it was hard for me to want to keep going through this. I have to admit that I like Ms. Flagg's later books much better! ...more
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 earth 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!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 will laugh and you will 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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, read-2018
You have to like the diary style of writing to be able to get into this book. I happened to enjoy this type of writing so this was an easy read for me.

Ms. Flagg abandons her usual (mainly) time-periods (1930's-1940's) to write about the 1950's. There is no jumping time-periods like in her other books.

This is only my second read since I never liked this book as well as her other's, but upon this reading, I found that I enjoyed and appreciated it a lot more.

Many will not enjoy reading about the pr
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.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the first 100 pages of this book and really appreciated the fresh, funny voice of the 11-year-old narrator. She seemed like the embodiment of that age as I remember it. I eventually tired of the story though and honestly didn't think a lot of the things that happened to her were funny. ...more
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Debbie Zapata
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: saturdaymx
We meet Daisy Fay Harper when she is eleven years old, and we follow her transformation from girl to woman through the pages of her diary. I love this book; every time I read it I laugh out loud. The Haunted House scene in Part I is priceless, as is the Miss Mississippi beauty pageant in Part 2.

But life is not all candy corn and roses for Daisy Fay. She has to come to terms with some very adult issues over the years, and all of these are handled with delicate skill by the author and Daisy hersel
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I needed something of another era during the COVID-19 fumble, & Fannie Flagg was high on everyone's escapist list. It was a welcomed diversion, although the voice of an 11 year old girl (even as she aged to 18) was limiting at times. But it was fun, & a much-appreciated throwback to a less fraught time. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, often funny, look into the young MC's life growing up in the 50s. ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I have read several of Fannie Flagg's books and thought some were better than others. Sometimes I felt she was trying too hard to be funny. I was amazed to discover that this book, originally published as "Coming Attractions" in 1981, was her first novel. I had never heard of it until I happened to see it on a shelf in our library used book store.

It is unusual for me to laugh or cry when reading a book, but this book was so funny that I la
Laura Rodd
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I had been on a huge Fannie Flagg kick this month, and after finishing her entire Elmwood Springs series (which I highly recommend,) I was excited to pick up her debut novel. Unfortunately, this was definitely the weakest Flagg story I've read thus far.

The diary entries of an 11-year-old Daisy Fay felt like a less funny version of Scout Finch. The later sections, where Daisy has almost completed high school, still read like a prepubescent child's writings and not those of an almost 17-year-old'
Feb 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, ebook-en, dnf
Too much information going on that I can't keep up with what is going on. I really wanted to like this book because I loved others book of this write, but that didn't work out. Not my type of book. ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I did not care for the style of this before book at all. It is written like diary rambling from a child with attention deficit. It jumped and skipped and hopped so much I couldn’t finish the book. Some reviews say the ending was good but I couldn’t wade through the style to get there.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Souther Fiction
Recommended to Dawn by: I enjoy this author's books
A coming of age story as told by the main character Daisy Fay. Daisy Fay is a spunky, feisty and imaginitive 11 year old girl who is surrounded in life by a wide range of quirky characters. Some of the people in her life are helpful and caring, but some are poor role models who make for some difficult moments in her life. The story takes you through Daisy's life up until she is 18. Her observations on the people and events in her life are, at times, laugh out loud hilarious.
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Aurora Arnautu
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Christopher Hicks
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book. I always enjoy books by this author. I’m a fan of Southern stories. Daisy Fay is a fun interesting girl and this book is written in diary form from the time she’s 11 in 1952 Mississippi to when she heads out on her own in 1959 for the Big City! It’s funny, sad, tragic, poignant and heartwarming all at the same time!! I’ve had it on my bookshelf for several years wanting to read it, but since we’re all in lockdown from the Carona virus and the library is closed. Now is the pe ...more
Savannah Hendricks
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the beginning of this novel a great deal, but it felt rather forced as the chapters carried on over the years. I would have loved a bit more dialogue, and didn't realize it was a journal format. ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Really, especially for those born in the 1940s, '50s, or 60's and also for those who know the southern US. This book is funny all the way through and one short chapter had me rolling. Deftly written from the perspective of an 11-year-old girl, who ages in the book 7 years, from 1952-1959. It's hard to write humor, folks, and this is splendid. The voice is perfect. The setting is mostly Mississippi. Characters are priceless. It was a joy to read and I hated that it ended. I've read oth ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I just read this one for the second time and my review remains unchanged. I liked this one, despite the many characters of questionable character. At first, you'll think that little Daisy Fay doesn't have a chance of a normal life with so much dysfunction in the family. But Some of those dysfunctional people stand up for her in ways you wouldn't expect. For the life of me though, I can't figure out which character is the real Miracle Man. ...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, Bab ...more

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