‘I Still Dream About You’ by Fannie Flagg

Maggie Fortenberry wants to end it all. Her life as a real estate agent in Birmingham, Ala., is just not worth living, so she plans her end down to the last detail.

A former Miss Alabama, Maggie seems to have everything — she’s a beautiful, successful real estate agent — but she’s just not happy.

Her plans, of course, go awry when she finds out that her favorite house on the top of Red Mountain is going to be sold.

She manages to get the listing and uncovers a mystery about the original owner of the house.


This wouldn’t be a Fannie Flagg book without a wonderful ensemble cast of women: Brenda the real estate agent who can’t stop eating ice cream and wants to be mayor of the city; Hazel, who founded the company and now, even after her death, dominates everyone with her happy spirit; and Ethel, the office manager who wears only purple and gripes about everything.

Throw in a real skeleton in the attic and a competing real estate agent known as Babs the beast and you have a delightful story about finding out that life is worth living.
The book is a bit of a downer at first because it seems to take Maggie a long time to wake up to the possibilities of life, but the other characters carry it along until the happy ending.

Flagg also wrote the best-selling “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.” If you liked that book, or the movie made from it, you’ll enjoy “I Still Dream About You.”

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