Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

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by Fannie Flagg
     
 

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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

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

“SHEER UNBEATABLE ENTERTAINMENT.”
–Cosmopolitan

“UNFORGETTABLE AND IRRESISTIBLE.”
–Chattanooga Free Press

“SIDE-SPLITTINGLY FUNNY.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345485601
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/13/2005
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
81,812
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.71(d)

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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
1Katherine1 More than 1 year ago
I must warn you that if you read this book, be prepared to have your heart stolen by a twelve year old girl called Daisy Fay. I love Ms. Flagg's books and this one is one of my favorites. It's as funny as can be, but sad too. Seeing the world through the eyes of this precocious twelve-year-old was a wonderful gift! Ms. Flagg's sense of time and place cannot be beat, and her characters are unforgettable. It's a story about a father and daughter. It certainly sheds a different light on the effect of disfunctional families on children. It made me realize that good can sometimes come out of a childhood like Daisy's That is, if you're strong, brave and have a wry sense of humour like she does. Be prepared to laugh out loud many times, and also be prepared to have tears threaten as you read. What a great book!
tomdme More than 1 year ago
Makes you double-up with laughter - But then you stop and think how brilliantly this story captures this unique young lady - Then you become overjoyed at this heart warming story - Only because it is so true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW this is the best book i've ever read!! And im only 11 years old!! I can kind of relate to the younger Daisy Fay in some ways, but she is just-- WOW!!! i actually just finished the book-- I WANT MORE DAISY FAY!!! Is there a sequil??
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderful, and some parts of it are so funny, i cry with laughter. I reccomended it to my Ganrdmother, who has enjoyed the book as well. She says that since I gave her the book, she thinks that whatever bold little Daisy Fay does, is me. This book glides over Daisy Fays family problems and different lifestyle during the 1950s. This book is so wonderfully written, that sometimes I believe that I am actually with Daisy Fay and participating in her adventures. I would reccomend this book to almost anyone I know.
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I never laughed so much as when I read this book. We are taken into the world of a girl growing up at a time when it is supposed to be fun to be her age. Having to deal with nutty grownups throws her into a world that helps her to become what she is meant to be...a wonderful, intellegent, loving young girl. Ms. Flagg is one of my favorite authors. What a funny lady she is.
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Dianasnookbook More than 1 year ago
Story told in the south in 1952 by Daisy Fay who was eleven when the book opens. Hilarious!
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