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


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


–Chattanooga Free Press

–Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Random House Publishing Group
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Montecito, California
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1944
Place of Birth:
Birmingham, Alabama
The University of Alabama

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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Dianasnookbook More than 1 year ago
Story told in the south in 1952 by Daisy Fay who was eleven when the book opens. Hilarious!
Cchancellor More than 1 year ago
Fun book with lots of excitment and fun characters. Had many chuckles throughout the story. If you would like simple fun reading you should check out ALL of Fannie Flaggs books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. In fact, I called my mother and read passages to her over the phone. We laughed together. When I finished I loaned the book to her, which she never returned. She and my younger sister had daily readings of the adventures of Daisy Faye. I too have purchased this several times because my friends never return it! I love Fanny Flagg she corresponded with a student of mine who was working on a book report. Fanny continued to correspond with my student long after the report was over. That spoke volumes about her committment to readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. I've read it numerous times and belly-laughed-out-loud every single time. I recommend it to anyone I like, and have loaned, lost and repurchased it more times than I'd like to admit. Daisy Fay is a quirky, hilarious, charming, character of endearing contradictions. Her frank, unembarrased accounts of her growing up adventures completely remove her audience from their own world and immerse them in hers. Daisy Fay leaves nothing 'on the table'. Yes, there are some harsh realities in her life. But Daisy Fay is an energetic optimist with such an uncrushable spirit that those realities do not ruin the wonderfully humorous spirit her story, they just fill it out in a very satifying way. I'd give it more than 5 stars if that were an option!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely an underappreciated novel. Fannie Flagg's other work is so-so, but Daisy Fay is my favorite character of all. I've read it 4 times and lent it to many friends so that my copy is wearing out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that this book is the one of the best books I have ever read. At times you find yourself laughing histerically, and at other times you feel like you are going to burst in tears. Fannie Flagg takes you on a six year journey with daisy Fay Harper, from when she's 11-18. I suggest this book to anyone who is for a book filled w/ comedy and life lessons! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life's true treasures will only be acknowledged when the time comes that you accept your life and who you truly are; in "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" by Fannie Flagg, a young girl tells of her tride and true experiences of coming of age. Daisy Fay Harper is eleven years old and she has recently moved to the "undiscovered" town best know as Shell Beach, Mississippi. With a sassy attitude and an inner truth-telling heroine (who just can't stay out of trouble or out of peoples hearts) tells us absolutely everything. With her witty sense of humor, Daisy turns any situation into something we can all relate to and find somewhat hilarious at the same time. Not only does little Daisy Fay Harper grow up, but she experiences about as much "learning" as any human possibly could. The reoccurring literary element, by far is the character development which is clearly witnessed throughout this story. Every character develops, each one in its own different way; usually depending on the situation it is involved in and of course how the character handles the situation. In this case, Daisy Fay starts her journaling when she is about the age of eleven and continues to tell of her days until she is in her mid to late twenties. Readers can see her development, not only by the dates that she marks at every entry, but the change of how she expresses herself, how she thinks, the events she is faced with and how she handles them. When Daisy Fay first moves to Shell Beach her childish ways show through her childish behavior. As she ages, her maturity level and her adult experiences add to the development of her character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was, by far, one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Almost every page made me laugh out loud. I was almost kicked out of our local barnes and noble for laughing too loud. I've passed it on to my mom and hope that she laughs just as, if not more, than I did. READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down once I started reading it. It was absolutely hilarious and it remindded me of the fun times I had with my best freind when I was 11 and 12. I would recommend this book to any female at any age- who can't relate to this wonderful coming of age story?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Definitely Fannie's best work! I felt 11 years old reading it! Very Funny and heartfelt. DO read this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My niece and I first read this book under the title of Coming Attractions back in 1982. We have both read it too many times to count, sometimes reading it aloud to each other in tears laughing. We have an original hardback with a very dog eared jacket. It is just so real and vivid I can't believe that it has not been made into a movie. Then again, that might take away from this fantastic book. I have my own vision of Mr Cecil, Peachy Wigam and the bingo playing grandma.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book under the title 'Coming Attractions' and I got really excited when I saw the title 'Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man'... I thought it was a sequel! How disappointed I was to find out it wasn't. This book is the only book I have ever read that made me laugh out loud. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought Fannie Flagg could write another book as good as 'FRIED GREEN TOMATOES...', well, she has! I haven't enjoyed a book this much in ages. Anyone who loves good comedy should read this book. Daisy Fay Harper is one of the greatest characters ever written, right up there with Huck Finn!!! There are such memorable charcters in this book. Kay Bob Benson is the perfect, snotty little girl you love to hate, and Grandma Pettibone is the funniest old lady in the world! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is INCREDIBLE! My mom recommended it to me and I swear, I read it every year and laugh as much as I did the very first time. It is hysterical and witty. But, Daisy what ever happens to you? This one needs a sequel! Thanks for the wonderful reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this a charming and heartwarming story that should please just about anyone. to put it simply, it tells the story of growing up. daisy fay is a great heroine who is unforgettable in every way. fannie flagg is at her best here, and has spun a wonderful tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was amazing how a girl like Daisy Faye could live the life (as a young girl) as she did and still be so optimistic. This would be a great book for today's kids if you could just get them to read it. I would love to know how Daisy Faye ended up. Did she achieve her fame? Will there ever be a sequel?
Anonymous 5 months ago
I so wanted to like this book as I have other books by Fannie Flagg, but this book reads like a teen novel about a dysfunctional family. It just isn't enough to talk sassy, there has to be an actual story there that is worth reading. This doesn't have it at all. I got so bored, I actually considered not finishing the book, which would be a first for me at age 47. Stephanie Clanahan
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