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The beloved Fannie Flagg is 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 agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie’s past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret.

I Still Dream About You
is a wonderful novel that is equal parts southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old-fashioned wisdom that can be served up only by America’s own remarkable Fannie Flagg.


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“[Fannie Flagg is] a born storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate . . . Born of a tender heart and nurtured by an imaginative mind, it’s certain to touch the reader’s soul.” —Richmond Times Dispatch
 
“A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups.” The Birmingham News
 
“Classic Fannie . . . What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human.” —Southern Living

About the Author

Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play entitled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; and Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award, and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Flagg lives happily in California and Alabama.

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The Big Decision

Monday, October 27, 2008

Today was the day Maggie had been thinking about, obsessing about really, for the past five years.

But now that it was actually here, she was surprised at how calm she felt: not at all as she had imagined; certainly not as it would have been portrayed in a novel or in a movie. No heightened emotions. No swelling of background music. No beating of breasts. No nothing. Just the normal end of a perfectly normal workday, if anyone ever could consider the real estate business normal.

That morning, she had gone to the office, worked on newspaper ads for Sunday''s open houses, negotiated a washer and dryer and an ugly monkey chandelier to be included in the sale price in one of her listings (although why her buyers wanted it was a mystery), and made a few phone calls, but nothing out of the ordinary. She had known for some time it was coming, but she wondered why it happened on this particular day, instead of one last month or even next week? Yet not more than two minutes ago, as she drove past the pink neon Park Lane Florists sign, she suddenly knew this was the day. No bells, no whistles, just the sudden realization of a simple fact. She sat and waited for the red light to change and then turned off Highland Avenue and pulled up to the black wrought iron gates, pushed her gate code, and drove into the large cobblestone courtyard. At first glance, seeing the tall, flickering gas lamps lining the sidewalks and the ivy growing up the sides of the walls, a stranger might have guessed they were in a quaint little mews somewhere in London, instead of in Mountain Brook, just five minutes from downtown Birmingham. Mountain Brook had always looked more English than southern, something that had always surprised her out-of-town buyers, but most of the iron, coal, and steel barons who had settled it had been from either England or Scotland. Crestview, her very favorite house, that stood atop Red Mountain and overlooked the city, had been built by a Scotsman and was an exact replica of a house in Edinburgh.

A few seconds later, she eased the new light blue Mercedes into her parking space, took her purse and keys, and headed up the stairs leading to her townhome. When she got inside and closed the door behind her, thankfully, the loud, jangling five-?thirty traffic noises quieted down to a soft muffle. Her building was just one of the many stately old red brick apartment buildings built in the twenties and turned into condominiums in the eighties, when this side of town had gone condo-crazy. Her unit was a well-appointed two-story townhouse in the elegant, high-end enclave known as Avon Terrace and was kept immaculate at all times. The dark brown parquet floors were polished and shined, rugs vacuumed, kitchen and bathrooms gleaming and spotless. They had to be. She was the listing agent for the entire complex, and her unit was the model other realtors showed to potential buyers. Today, she ?didn''t stop to check the mail in the silver dish on the small table in the foyer, as she usually did, but walked straight through to the small den off the living room and sat down at her desk.

She knew it must be written by hand. Something like this typed up on the computer would be far too impersonal and certainly not in good taste. She opened the right-hand top drawer and pulled out a small box of monogrammed stationery containing ten sheets of thin blue paper with matching blue envelopes. She took out a few pages and one envelope, then reached across the desk and fingered through a bunch of pens she kept in a brown leather penholder with gold embossing, searching for something to write with. As she continued to test one cheap plastic pen after another, she wished she had kept at least one good fountain pen and that bottle of maroon Montblanc ink she had saved for years. Every one of her old black felt pens had dried up, and now she would have to use the only thing she had left that still worked. She stared at it and sighed. Life was so odd. Never in a million years could she have imagined that she would wind up writing something as vitally important as this on ten-year-old stationery with a fat, bright red ballpoint pen with silver sparkles that had Ed''s Crab Shack: Featuring the Best Crab Cakes in Town written on the side.

Good Lord. She had never been to Ed''s Crab Shack in her life. Oh, well. Nothing to be done now. She carefully dated the upper right-hand side of the page with tomorrow''s date, then took a moment to think about exactly what she wanted to say and how best to say it. She wanted to strike just the perfect tone: not too formal, yet not too casual. Businesslike, but personal. After reviewing the specific points she wanted to make, she began:

To Whom It May Concern,

Good morning, or afternoon, whatever the case may be. When you read this, I will be gone for good. The reasons for my action are varied and many. In the past, I have always strived to be someone my state could be proud of, but I feel that my leaving at this particular time will not cause as much attention as it once might have.

On a personal level, as I do not wish to upset my friends or co-workers or cause anyone undue stress, this letter is to inform you that I have already made all the necessary final arrangements, so please do not worry about finding me, and I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. But please be assured that although I..."

The phone inside her purse on the floor suddenly started ringing to the tune of "I''m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover." Still concentrating on her letter, she reached down with one hand, rummaged through the purse, and finally dug the phone out and answered it. It was Brenda from work, all excited.

"Have you seen the paper yet?"

"No, not yet. Why?"

"Guess what? The Whirling Dervishes are coming to Birmingham!"

"The who?" asked Maggie, not wanting to be rude, but also not wanting to lose her train of thought.

"The Whirling Dervishes from Turkey! The men with the tall cone hats and long skirts that twirl around in a circle. There''s a picture of them in today''s Entertainment section."

"Really? The real ones?"

"Yes, the real ones! And they''re coming to the Alabama Theatre for a one-?night-?only performance. The Chanting Monks from China or Tibet or somewhere had to cancel, and they got the Dervishes to fill in at the last minute."

"Well, that was lucky."

"And guess what else? I can get us two free tickets from Cecil. Aren''t you just dying to see them?"

"When are they coming?" Maggie asked, still trying to concentrate on her letter.

"November the second. Look at your calendar."

"Now?"

"Yes, I''ll hold on. You know everybody in town will be scrambling for tickets."

Oh, dear. Maggie could tell Brenda was going to pin her to the wall on this, so as a courtesy, she reached across her desk and picked up the Red Mountain Realty calendar with the photo of the entire staff on it and flipped the page over to November; then she said, "Oh, honey, that''s a Sunday, and I don''t think I can make it. Darn, and I really would have liked to see them. Why don''t you take Robbie?"

"Robbie?"

"Yes, she might enjoy it."

"You know I can''t get my sister to go anywhere at night, much less go and see any Whirling Dervishes. Oh, come on, Maggie, you have to go! When in your lifetime will you ever get another chance to see real Whirling Dervishes? You know, you''re not going to Turkey anytime soon."

"Well...that''s true...but...."

Brenda did not let her finish. "I don''t care what you say, we''re going. I''m calling Cecil first thing in the morning. Goodbye!" Brenda hung up before Maggie had a chance to say no. Oh, Lord.

Maggie started to dial her right back and tell her she really ? couldn''t go, but then hesitated. What excuse could she give? She hated to lie. She supposed she could say she would be out of town. In truth, she really would be out of town, but knowing Brenda, she would insist on knowing where she was going, who she was going with, and why. Oh, Lord. Why had she answered the phone? Now that she had finally made the decision, she wanted to go ahead and do it, and sooner rather than later. It had taken her long enough to get to this point.

Naturally, doing something like this would never have been her first choice, but after having made out list after list of all the pros and cons of her life and thoroughly exploring every other possible solution, it had become painfully clear that she had no other option. Oh sure, it would have been easier if she could have somehow unzipped her scalp, taken her brain out, and held it over the kitchen sink, and just rinsed away all the old regrets, hurts, and humiliations right down the drain, and started over, but that was impossible. All she could do was get out now while she still had the mental and physical faculties to do it. Thankfully, all the major preparation and planning of how she was going to do it, method, logistics, etc., had already been completed. Just one last quick stop at Walmart in the morning for some equipment, and she was good to go.

But she was torn about what to do about Brenda. Should she call her back? Or should she simply drop it? Brenda wasn''t just any casual acquaintance. She was her real estate partner, and they had been through so much together. Especially after Hazel died. Had it been under any other circumstances, she would have been more than happy to go with her, especially considering all the nice things Brenda had done for her. Just last month, when she had been so sick with that terrible flu, Brenda had insisted on coming over and cooking all her meals. She had taken such good care of her. Oh God, the very last thing in the world she wanted to do was to have to let Brenda down. But now, thanks to her stupidly picking up the phone, it would be the last thing.

She sighed and looked at the calendar again. It would be so much more convenient for her to do it tomorrow or the next day at the latest, but Brenda had sounded so excited, and the poor thing had been having such a hard time lately. November 2 was only six days from now, and considering everything was almost in place and ready to go, she guessed there really was no great rush. So, maybe waiting until the morning of the third ?wouldn''t make all that much difference. It was the decision to do it that mattered most and sticking to it, not when. There was certainly no danger of her changing her mind. It would just mean a slight delay and having a little extra time to get things in order and do a rehearsal to make sure there were no last-minute glitches. After all, this was something you had to get right the first time. And Brenda had made a point; it really would be a shame to miss the Dervishes.

When she was eleven, she had seen a photograph of the Whirling Dervishes in one of her father''s National Geographic magazines, and they had looked like something right out of the Arabian Nights, so exotic in their tall cone hats and long swirling skirts. And seeing them the night before she left for good would be a nice send-off for her and certainly make more of an occasion out of it. Besides, it was so important to support the arts, but most of all, she wanted to do something nice for Brenda, as a sort of farewell gift. It was the least she could do for a good friend. She picked up the phone and dialed.

"Listen, Brenda, when you speak to Cecil, ask him if it''s possible to get us seats in the middle, and if he could, to try to get us as far up front as he can. We want to get a close look at their outfits."

Brenda said, "Don''t worry. If Cecil knows you''re coming, they''ll be good seats. But I''m bringing my binoculars so we can get a really good look at them, okay?"

"Okay."

"Oh, I''m so excited! Hey, Maggie-what do you suppose they wear when they are not in their twirling outfits?"

"Oh gosh, honey, I don''t have a clue."

"Me neither. I just can''t wait until November the second. Can you? I''m so glad we''re going. Yeah!"

Maggie smiled. "Well...I''m glad you''re glad."

"See you tomorrow."

"Yes, you certainly will," said Maggie.

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That is what the main character does...dream about a guy she used to know in her youth
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
Not my kind of book but I read it anyway. Good hearted older woman, has been beauty queen, not very successful real-estate lady decides that her life is no longer worth living. The story than goes on and on about her current not very interesting life and her past and all... See more
Not my kind of book but I read it anyway. Good hearted older woman, has been beauty queen, not very successful real-estate lady decides that her life is no longer worth living. The story than goes on and on about her current not very interesting life and her past and all her mistakes. The secondary characters are more interesting than the protagonist. The book has a happy ending. I don''t like these kind of female characters who are fragile and weak and need a man in their lives to save them and make them whole and such...enough said.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2019
I bought this book after reading the critical reviews instead of customer reviews. I found a book full of vibrantly described characters, but not one of them came off the page. I felt like I was being told how quirky and wonderful they were, but I never felt it. The... See more
I bought this book after reading the critical reviews instead of customer reviews. I found a book full of vibrantly described characters, but not one of them came off the page. I felt like I was being told how quirky and wonderful they were, but I never felt it. The humor that should have come from Maggie''s multiple aborted attempts just never arrived for me. When I finished, I thought "well, maybe it would make a good movie instead of a novel", and I wonder if that was why the book fell flat to me. These characters might be funny and enjoyable in a movie where actors could exploit their quirks and the audience could really see them doing things to develop who they are, but in the book I just felt "meh" about all of them.
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Fannie Flagg reaffirms how good life can be
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2017
Great book, keeps you reading and smiling all the way through the book. If you have ever been depressed and felt like ending it all, this story shows that life is certainly worth living although you may not feel like it at the time. You change as life happens and what may... See more
Great book, keeps you reading and smiling all the way through the book. If you have ever been depressed and felt like ending it all, this story shows that life is certainly worth living although you may not feel like it at the time. You change as life happens and what may feel like a miserable life one day can be seen as a miracle the next day. You just need to hang on.
This book was also full of Birmingham Alabama history and places, and the people who live there. I enjoyed reading what the town had been like in the fifties and the more current picture as well. I greatly enjoyed this book.
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Fannie Flagg delivers
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2018
I love Fannie Flagg''s books, but I struggled to get into this story for about the first half. Maggie, a 60ish former Miss Alabama, doesn''t have much going for her and decides to end her life. Even with careful planning, obstacles crop up to prevent her plan from happening.... See more
I love Fannie Flagg''s books, but I struggled to get into this story for about the first half. Maggie, a 60ish former Miss Alabama, doesn''t have much going for her and decides to end her life. Even with careful planning, obstacles crop up to prevent her plan from happening. My interest was really piqued when Maggie and Brenda find the skeleton presumed to be the 1800''s Edward Crocker, original owner of prime property Crestview. Solving the mystery surrounding Edward Crocker kept me turning pages. I did love the quirky characters Brenda and Hazel, Maggie''s friends and co - workers.
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I Still Dream About You: A Novel
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2017
I loved this book...every woman in her sixties no matter their feelings about their age should read this book! WOW! There were places I wondered how Fanny Flagg got into my mind...you will not want to stop reading! I could write so many great things about this... See more
I loved this book...every woman in her sixties no matter their feelings about their age should read this book! WOW! There were places I wondered how Fanny Flagg got into my mind...you will not want to stop reading! I could write so many great things about this book....but don''t want to spoil or give any secret away!
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Lisa C.
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Fannie Flagg is a good story teller!
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2016
I loved this book! I love the literature of southern writers, and Fannie Flagg is no exception! The book presents a former Miss Alabama who thinks her life should have gone a lot better than it has. She is now selling real estate and has been for years, but she knows... See more
I loved this book! I love the literature of southern writers, and Fannie Flagg is no exception! The book presents a former Miss Alabama who thinks her life should have gone a lot better than it has. She is now selling real estate and has been for years, but she knows nothing about computers, smartphones, or anything electronic! She doesn''t even know how to do the paper work for real estate. So one day she just ups and decides it''s time to kill herself! She plans it down to the minutest detail, but just as she is ready to carry out her plan, something always happens to put it off.

This book is filled with wonderful characters who are funny and caring. It also tells the history of one estate in Birmingham (where the story takes place) and about the man who built it and about his heir. A person who enjoys this book will feel hopeful and happy at the end.
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All the planning in the world
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2019
And former Miss Alabama turned realtor Margaret Fortenberry can''t carry out her final wish. Depressed after the death of her former boss, a midget dynamo realtor named Hazel, Maggie has decided to close her last sale by drowning herself in a nearby lake. But just about... See more
And former Miss Alabama turned realtor Margaret Fortenberry can''t carry out her final wish. Depressed after the death of her former boss, a midget dynamo realtor named Hazel, Maggie has decided to close her last sale by drowning herself in a nearby lake. But just about the time she gets her final "to do" checked off her list, some catastrophe happens causing her to put off demise. In the end, with all the mysteries solved, the rival evil realtor ruined, and her high school sweetheart returned, Maggie finds that life is truly worth living.
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Fannie is the best story teller
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
Fannie Flagg always writes the best books, intact it feels like she is telling you the story sitting on your front pouch with a glass of southern sweet tea. She can write "women''s fiction" without the same old same old story lines. The characters are always fresh and... See more
Fannie Flagg always writes the best books, intact it feels like she is telling you the story sitting on your front pouch with a glass of southern sweet tea. She can write "women''s fiction" without the same old same old story lines. The characters are always fresh and new ,never the same. If you have the tired old world blues this is a good book for you. I don''t about the story in the review because I want the reader to enjoy the book and no a runny retelling, with this book it would be too hard to re tell . but if you are feeling down this is a great tale to read. I just wish we had more of the story line with hazel. Can''t wait to read or re read more of Fannie book. Also if you have time catch the DVD of fried green tomatoes its great. Baffle wish the world all the best ,be safe and reading during lock down is the best cure for boredom. BF over and out.
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kept thinking this is boring. but actually it is a slow burning that ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2017
book recieved early.for the 1st time i struggled with a fannie flagg book. kept thinking this is boring. but actually it is a slow burning that eventually bulds to a roaring fire.as ever a brilliant read. stick with the story and you will pleasantly surprised i was. well...See more
book recieved early.for the 1st time i struggled with a fannie flagg book. kept thinking this is boring. but actually it is a slow burning that eventually bulds to a roaring fire.as ever a brilliant read. stick with the story and you will pleasantly surprised i was. well done fannie another hit for you
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Fanny Flagg has another gentle triumph. A wonderful read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2016
I love Fanny Flagg, her stories are so gentle, full of lively, real characters and are full of atmosphere. This story is a gentle roll through the life of one southern belle Maggie as she arranges her own suicide in a remarkably calm manner - leaving you wanting more to try...See more
I love Fanny Flagg, her stories are so gentle, full of lively, real characters and are full of atmosphere. This story is a gentle roll through the life of one southern belle Maggie as she arranges her own suicide in a remarkably calm manner - leaving you wanting more to try and work out why she would think about this and the characters who filled her life. It''s just agreat read - and no it does not advocate suicide - its not at all like that. The only gripe I have is that the image on the book seems to bare no significance at all to the book itself.
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Too good to be true
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2020
I mean Maggie, she was so good she was a whimp who let people walk all over her, for quite a while. However, they say the worm will turn and she did, perhaps by accident, and so this book and Maggie deserves to be read.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2021
I love Fannie Flagg''s books! Full of well rounded, charming and insightful characters and a satisfying story line It''s like chicken soup for the soul, hearty, restorative and warming.
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Am I missing something?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2014
This was my first Fannie Flagg, and it might must well be my last!! Just didn''t know how to take it - is it meant to be funny ? Is it meant to be insightful? The main character was not rounded enough for the reader to have any empathy with her, and as for her rival, Babs, I...See more
This was my first Fannie Flagg, and it might must well be my last!! Just didn''t know how to take it - is it meant to be funny ? Is it meant to be insightful? The main character was not rounded enough for the reader to have any empathy with her, and as for her rival, Babs, I found myself scoffing with (humourless) laughter. The back story was a missed opportunity IMHO, what a waste of what could have been fascinating. I did finish it, but it is not going back on my bookshelf. Sorry.
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