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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: 3735 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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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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 Funniest Book I've Ever Read March 26 2004
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 most humorous book ever.
Daisy Fay Harper's story is told via her diary which begins in 1952 when she is eleven-years-old and ends in 1959 when she leaves Mississippi to begin her long-awaited future. Along the way, the reader is treated to a hodgepodge of beautifully-drawn characters including would-be socialites, restaurant operators, wayward preachers, theater people, back-alley abortionists, and more.
Whether it's rising from the dead, riding half-naked on horseback through the middle of town, or competing for a longed-for scholarship in the Miss Mississippi pageant, Daisy Fay is about the most endearing character to ever leap from the pages of a novel. She is stubborn, feisty, loving, loyal, and focused. Most of all, her coming of age is an accurate portrayal of Southern life in the 1950's. It has not been sanitized to be politically correct or rewritten to avoid offense. It is truthful and sincere and the most side-splittingly funny novel I've had the pleasure of reading.
Whether you grew up in the South or not, this microcosm of small-town life in the 1950's will touch your heart. So join Daisy Fay, her struggling mother and her father, the Miracle Man, for a trip back to a time and era that is too rich with human emotion to ever forget.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fannie Flagg's Debut Novel March 25 2003
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg's debut novel, DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN is the story of young Daisy Fay Harper, a young naive only child of a man who never gives up and a woman that is frustrated with her life and her marriage.
The novel starts with Daisy Fay as an eleven-year old typing in her journal about her Grandmother Pettibone winning the VFW bingo, and buying her a typewriter with the winnings. It is the start of Daisy Fay's story. The entire book is in the form of her journal, and we see life through her pure naive eyes. She writes from her heart, so we learn of all her innermost secrets, her hates and her loves. Daisy Fay brings us into her world where she grew up in Mississippi and ends the journal in her eighteenth year. She does a lot of growing up and learns a little more about the world around her and the people that are most important to her in her life.
Daisy Fay's world is one of a dysfunctional family's, but in her opinion, she's having a blast. She doesn't notice what is going on around her and with her family. At least, it's not evident in her journal. With the help of her friends and her own imagination, Daisy Fay is having fun and enjoying life, as only she knows how.
For those who are fans of Fannie Flagg, I highly recommend reading DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN. Although this was not as good as her most famous novel, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE, nor as good as WELCOME TO THE WORLD BABY GIRL, I feel that DAISY FAY was a very good debut novel. It depicted what life was like growing up in the south in the 1950's. Young Daisy Fay can teach us all a lesson that life is what you make it and anyone can succeed and reach his or her dreams. Thumbs up for DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny ... With Drama and Story-Line to Boot! July 15 2002
What a wonderful book!!! I picked this up (from a friend's rec) after reading many serious, family dramas. I love family dramas, which is one reason I loved this book. But this book was different as it offered drama with a huge and colorful flair of humor and sweetness.
Daisy Fay was born to two very different people, both natives of Mississippi. She was an only child. This story follows, through her narrative, her life from the time she is about 11 until she is about 18.
Daisy Fay doesn't have an easy life, for sure, but she's the best trooper around, excelling with her wit, smarts, and some kind of 'strength she musta beena born with' ... as my Momma would say.
This story is chocked full of characters.... Kay Bob 'Big Mouth' Benson, Miss Dot (leader of the Jr. Debutantes), Ula Sour, Mrs. Underwood, Grandma Pettibone, Ruby Bates, Mr. Cecil and the Cecilettes, Vernon Mooseburger, Michael (the Italian) Romeo, Peachy Wigham, Sonny Snow ... the list of colorful players goes on.
This is easy to read and funny but also delivers a story that is the icing on this sweet, delectable cake of a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had no idea
Having read "Fried Green Tomatoes," I thought THAT was her first book. I had no idea that "Daisy Fay" was. Read more
Published on March 12 2007 by Book maven, yes, you got that right
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure
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... Read more
Published on June 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild, witty, and wonderful.
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... Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by ellie
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and hilarious coming-of-age tale
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. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Peggy Vincent
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. 3 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. 4 2003
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