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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel
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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Fannie Flagg
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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“A hilarious, endearing novel.”
–Los Angeles Times


–Chattanooga Free Press

–Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1501 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 25 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy Fay and the miracle book March 9 2005
This book about Daisy will make you laugh, cry and just feel good about yourself no matter what your circumstance. it will lift up your spirits as you follow her through her escapades. all the characters are lively and fun to follow! if you have never read Flagg, start with this one. you cant go wrong! Upbeat, lively, moving, and well written, I was reminded at time of Jackson McCrae's work (think his "Children's Corner" or possibly some of Capote's works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle is right! Jan. 8 2005
My Southern reading list includes some of the classics you all know, and few you might not. My only criteria is that the book be absolutely fantastic, and the ones I've picked fall in that category easily, with "Daisy Fay" coming in first place. Here are the other ones:
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Children's Corner by Jackson McCrae
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Confederacy of Dunces
You can't go wrong with any of these in my opinion. Enjoy and pass them on!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild, witty, and wonderful. April 18 2004
By ellie
Eleven-year-old Daisy Fay Harper is the sassy narrator of Fannie Flagg's debut novel. Documenting her experiences growing up in a tiny Mississippi beach town, Daisy Fay writes with indomitable humor, charm, and pluck. Fannie Flagg has an amazing talent for creating true-to-life (yet marvelously zany) characters, and Daisy Fay and her town are no exception.
The only problem? Flagg appears to lose interest once Daisy Fay hits high school. Things take a turn for the worse - both in Daisy Fay's life and in the writing. Things aren't as detailed, and the older Daisy Fay lacks much of the smart alecky quality of her younger counterpart.
Still, a more than worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and hilarious coming-of-age tale April 6 2004
Fannie Flagg wrote this one before striking it rich with Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, and it's not as good as that show-stopper. But it's just fine, if you don't try to compare it to Green Tomatoes. It's hilarious, sentimental, also written in anecdotal diary format, as were parts of FGT at WSC.
Told in the POV of Daisy Fay, it includes a flamboyant and unforgettable cast of characters that we have come to expect from author Flagg as we follow sassy but lonely 11 year old Daisy Fay on her unlikely journey toward the title of Miss Mississippi.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Story Oct. 20 2001
By Brenda
Although I couldn't find much of a plot to this story, I still found it entertaining for the most part. Daisy Fay was interesting and fun to read about. She got herself into some pretty hilarious situations! While a lot of the book was seemingly pointless ramblings, I was amused enough that I found it enjoyable. It was a nice break from the more serious things in life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Antiquated Terms April 9 2000
By A Customer
Our book club does not recommend WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY GIRL! mainly because of poor character development (lead character Dena especially) and what came across as a less than sincere development of what seems to be an anachronistic theme ( words like "quadroon" and even "passing" seem antiquated) or at least SHOULD be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had no idea March 12 2007
Having read "Fried Green Tomatoes," I thought THAT was her first book. I had no idea that "Daisy Fay" was. I kept thinking this was written after the adventures of Iddgie and the others, but no.

Basically the story of Daisy Fay Harper who runs away to "become somebody," in the spring of 1952, this book holds us as well as FGT and "Welcome to the World."

This book is at once funny and sad, knowing and entertaining. I highly recommend it along with the novels "Bark of the Dogwood" and "East of Eden."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure June 11 2004
By A Customer
I'm usually one to stick with a tried and true bestseller like "Da Vinci" or McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood," but after reading mainly mysteries and thrillers, I thought I would give myself a break and I picked up Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. I have giggled and thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the entire book. What a pleasure to read. I am now a fan of Fannie Flagg and am looking forward to reading another of her books. I hope there will be more coming. The characters and dialogue are just remarkable. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Book I've Ever Read
For sheer entertainment and a laugh-out-loud good time, this is the book to read. I think Fannie Flagg is always witty and heartwarming, but this, her first novel, has to be the... Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Antoinette Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sure Thing
If you like well-written "coming of age" books set in the south, such as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Bark of the Dogwood" or "Secret Life of... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!!!!!
This was an absolutly wonderful book!! Daisy Fay is hilarious, as well as the other characters. Her father is a riot (besides the whole alcholic thing)!! Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by Mercedes J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best!
I have read this book probably 1500 times. It is one of the best writtn books I have ever picked up. I was raised in the good ole south and it brings back so many warm memories. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Fannie Flagg...
She is a wonderful Southern story teller. Her characters have warmth and everything wonderful in life, with some spice mixed in. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Tonya Speelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My!
This is not an serious book; It is an book with humour (and drama, sadness,and life's moment) I swore I ws going to hate it but read it and love it! Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
I loved this book! i never liked reading until i read this book! its so funni how this little girl (daisy fay harper)makes you laugh at everything she does. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003
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