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.
Sassy and irreverent from the get-go, Daisy Fay takes us on a rollicking journey through her formative years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. There, at The End of the Road of the South, the family malt shop freezer holds unspeakable things, society maven Mrs. Dot hosts Junior Debutante meetings and shares inspired thoughts for the week (such as "sincerity is as valuable as radium"), and Daisy Fay's Daddy hatches a quick-cash scheme that involves resurrecting his daughter from the dead in a carefully orchestrated miracle. Along the way, Daisy Fay does a lot of growing up, emerging as one of the most hilarious, appealing, and prized characters in modern fiction.
About the Author
FANNIE FLAGG's writing career began behind the scenes of television's "Candid Camera" and progressed to out-in-front as performer-writer. Her acting achievements led to roles in motion pictures including "Five Easy Pieces," with Jack Nicholson; "Stay Hungry," with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field; and, most recently, "Crazy in Alabama," with Melanie Griffith. For the theater in New York she did "Patio Porch "and "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," and played the lead role in the Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,"
Her first novel, "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man," was on the "New York Times "bestseller list for ten weeks. Her second, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," praised by Harper Lee and Eudora Welty, was on the "Times" list for thirty-six weeks. It was made into the memorable hit movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The screenplay, also written by Flagg, earned her the coveted Scripters Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Screen Award. Her reading of the Random House audiobook received a Grammy nomination.
That book gave way to an even bigger hardcover success for "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, "a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year, which "The Christian Science Monitor "called "captivating . . . a comic novel to open with open arms." Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.
“A hilarious, endearing novel.”
–Los Angeles Times
“SHEER UNBEATABLE ENTERTAINMENT.”
“UNFORGETTABLE AND IRRESISTIBLE.”
–Chattanooga Free Press
–Cleveland Plain Dealer