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I Still Dream About You

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  17,658 ratings  ·  2,591 reviews
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
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Random House (first published 2010)
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Jul 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“But unfortunately, history always expects people, young or old, to have known better at the time.” (2.5 stars)

“I Still Dream About You” is the second Fannie Flagg novel I have read. It is a quick read, filled with quirky characters who for the most part come across as real people. Flagg has populated this novel with the types of folks who just scream, “I should be in a story”.
There are more than few chuckles in this text, and when a character (Ethel) rants about how Hollywood has stunk since t
V. Briceland
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
This was all right as far as a light read goes but not the best Fannie Flagg I have read, by any means. The audio was read by the author and she did a really good job. It was almost depressing in some parts and the separate story from the 1800s didn't seem relevant to me. I did much enjoy the ending, though.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Debbie Zapata
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I stopped by the library during my walk the other day. I donated three, bought two from the sale shelves, and borrowed this one. Which means that I am still up one. lol

So what does an ex-beauty queen do when she turns sixty? Maggie Fortenberry was Miss Alabama many years ago, and is now a real estate agent. She is beautiful, classy, charming, etcetera etcetera. But is she happy? If not, why not? And what is the big plan she has up her sleeve? What weird and wonderful events will pop up while she
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
This probably deserves a 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
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Mary Ronan Drew
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Please don't take three stars as a bad review. Fannie Flagg is a gifted storyteller and this is a lovely tale. The three stars are because everything is always so perfectly wrapped up in a bow with her books. Maybe not Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but all the others I have read.

Don't get me wrong, there are times I want a sweet story and a happy ending and I can always count on Fannie for that, but she isn't going to shake my world or drive me to tears (again, leave out Fried
Jun 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Carelessly fatuous. Completely predictable. Very bad baddies.
And vacuously good goodies.

An unbelievably simple woman is planning a tidy suicide. Why is she suicidal? She is exhausted by having to be pretty and nice. She is concerned about the major issues of the day like (horror of horrors) she only has tan nylons to wear with a black evening suit!

“She had to think about her reputation; after all, she was an ex-Miss Alabama.”
Yes, yes, of course! We all look to beauty pageant winners as paragons
Aug 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 & on
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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,
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book...sometimes you think life is really bad, but in the end life is what you make it and how you view it. This book is about life and attitudes. I have never been disappointed by Fannie Flagg.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
“I Still Dream about You” has elements of a great comedic southern tale: quirky characters, a little mystery and intrigue, southern nuances, reminiscing dreams. However great the elements, lack of cohesive flow, fractured chapters, and extreme delay of forward action made for a less than stellar Fannie Flagg novel. Therefore I’m really on the fence here. I absolutely adore all of her previous novels – but this is a bit of a discombobulated mess. It reads more like character study cameos and indi ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, southern
Margaret Fortenberry is a former Miss Alabama. She never married, never had children and instead of becoming NY famous, ended up as a real estate agent. She has spent her life comparing herself to others and assuming she has disappointed and let down anyone she's ever known.She has decided to "leave" because she has such an inferiority complex that she believes she has let her state down by not becoming famous and making something of herself. Almost every decision is based upon whether or not he ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm becoming a true Fannie Flagg fan! Her books are perfect for listening to in the car while stuck in traffic. She's so funny, it totally takes the pain out of driving! Once again, this story has all kinds of twists and turns at the end that are completely unexpected! She's an amazing storyteller and I highly recommend her books!
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Author's usual mystery, interesting with a LBGA reference. Author narrated.

Mary Ann
I have enjoyed Fannie Flagg's humor and her meticulously limned and engaging characters. She is a very talented storyteller. This novel was published ten years ago, and, perhaps because of the current and rapidly evolving dialogue about issues of race, ethnicity, and gender, I found it somewhat dated and tone-deaf.
Cathy Daniel
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh, such a lovely, feel good book with the most supremely perfect ending! Very uplifting.
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wish that I could rate this higher. There were many parts of the book that I really enjoyed, and there were several places where I laughed out loud. But in the end, the various pieces don't come together well. In the very first chapter we meet Margaret Fortenberry, former Miss Alabama from c. 1964 (they never say what year, but other events point to around then) who has spent her whole life thinking she must live up to what was expected of her when she wore the crown. But Margaret has d ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everyone needs a Hazel Whisenknott in their lives. A person who sees the good in everything, even despite the challenges, the potential for failure, or the fact things just don't go their way, even being three foot four inches. For Maggie Fortenberry, Brenda, and Ethel Clipp, Hazel was their mentor, friend, sister, co-worker, and someone they could always count on.

For Maggie being a real estate agent was her life, the life after being Miss Alabama, the life after what she considered a blemish t
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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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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