Flagg’s Daisy Fay

“Momma always looks like she is on the verge of a hissy fit, but that’s mainly because when she was eighteen, she stuck her head in a gas oven looking at some biscuits and blew her eyebrows off. So she paints them on like little half-moons.”

This is the fun of Fannie Flagg’s writing — you never know where her sentences will end up when you start out. And the result is usually funny in typical Southern style. Flagg’s writing makes me feel that we’re on the porch together, sipping iced tea, while she tells her story. This novel is told from a young girl’s point-of-view and is titled Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. The detail is rich, the voice pitch-perfect and the humor is infused with a little heart ache. Who writes books that make you laugh?

One comment

  • Anonymous
    March 5, 2008 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    This is probably my favorite Fannie Flagg book. The little girl does the best she can with the parents she’s got. The author shows us adults through a child’s eyes and the adults are pretty poor excuses for parents. Daisy Fay is strong and tougher than a child should have to be but the humor comes through and a little sadness for her situation. Fannie Flagg always tells a great story and evokes the South in perfect detail.

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