I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

By the writer of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café’, this is the story of Maggie Fortenberry’s plan to end it all – neatly and thoughtfully, just like she has lived most of her life. The list of life’s pros and cons constantly changes – she is beautiful and charming, with tickets to see the Whirling Dervishes, but no adoring husband or children, no house on the hill.

Maggie is a realtor and a former Miss Alabama – the latter, an achievement to be proud of, the former, “going to hell in a hand basket”. Secrets are uncovered, confidences shared, strange things happen and her carefully made plan is first postponed and then…

Verdict: A joy to read, like all Flagg’s books. Despite a certain predictability about the ending, this is a beautifully written, delightfully quirky story with eccentric characters. Moving and funny” ****

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