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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man (1981)

by Fannie Flagg

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Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is told in diary writings starting in 1952 when the protagonist, Daisy Fay, is 11 years old. She lives with her mother and her father in Jackson, Mississippi. Her father involves her in many of his ill-working schemes to make money or build inventions. He alienates his family members but makes great friends when he drinks. Her mother lives in a constant state of embarrassment, and tries to do what she can to make Daisy Fay into a lady, which consists of making her fetch endless cups of coffee in the cafeteria, and buying matching mother-daughter outfits. Her mother believes she married beneath her. The diary reveals Daisy Fay has an expansive imagination and a detailed memory as a long list of endearing and strange characters are described and the story is told in humorous vignettes.

Soon after the beginning of the diary, Daisy Fay and her parents move to Shell Beach, Mississippi, after her father buys half a share of a malt shop on the beach with $500 her mother won at a Bingo game. Her father's plan is to become a taxidermist during the off season, and to use the malt shop's freezer to store the dead animals before stuffing them. Her parents' relationship becomes more tempestuous as her father drinks too much and hangs around a vindinctive crop duster named Jimmy Snow, and they manage to get into impossible situations. When the fall starts, Daisy Fay starts the 6th grade and meets her classmates, which include the very snobby and spoiled Kay Bob Benson, who serves as a nemesis for Daisy Fay throughout the rest of the book.

The taxidermy doesn't seem to work out well, as the bobcat had a smile on its face and the flamingo's neck was crooked. Added to that is the fact that Daisy Fay's father didn't add bread to the hamburgers, and his drinking increased. After the malt shop burns down in a suspicious fire (the insurance money wasn't enough anyway), Daisy Fay's mother leaves her father to live with her sister in Virginia. With her mother gone, her father devises a three-day scheme with a local preacher to use Daisy Fay as a "glory getter" to bring her back from the dead and bilk the faithful religious out of their donations. The plan falls apart of course, when Daisy is asked to heal a handicapped girl, the girl walked, and the crowd went berserk. Her father and she had to escape quickly in Jimmy Snow's cropduster to Florida, and the diary takes a hiatus for four years.

When the diary resumes, the year is 1956, Daisy is 16, and she has returned to Shell Beach from living in a Catholic boarding school in Jackson. Her father still drinks - maybe even more - and her mother has died from cancer. Daisy Fay enters high school to find Kay Bob snobbier than ever, but now has a best friend, Pickle Watkins, to endure the trials of high school. Pickle is obsessed with being accepted by the popular seniors and gets them into situations where they must better themselves socially. Daisy Fay lives in various apartments, hotels, and porches with her father and Jimmy Snow. Pickle gets pregnant by her father, a member of the White Citizens Council, and drops out of school. So does Daisy Fay soon after and becomes involved in a community theater in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she and her father and Jimmy Snow had moved to. She manages the spotlight, then becomes an actor in the various plays and musicals they put on. Her closest friend at this point in her life, is a Gay man named Mr. Cecil, a hat designer in Hattiesburg's main department store, and his ten cohorts called the "Cecilettes". At this point, she is engaged and almost married, but was jilted by her fiance when he returns to his former fiancee and eventually marries her.

Seeing her only break to be a professional actress, Daisy Fay enters the Miss Mississippi pageant in Tupelo, Mississippi, once more meeting Kay Bob Benson, who is a competitor. She makes friends with four other girls, led by a girl named Darcy Lewis; and has to contend with how the Pageant was rigged by the head of the pageant, a Mrs. Lulie Harde McClay. With a lot of help from a lot of people (some of it not quite legitimate), she wins the pageant to Mrs. McClay's disgust and outrage, and is off to Atlantic City as the book ends.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
One of my all-time favorites. I've never read anything by Fannie Flagg I didn't like, but Daisy Fay is my favorite. I've read and re-read this book and never cease to find it completely hilarious. Between Daisy's friend Pickle, her father and Jimmy Snow's constant get rich quick schemes and antics, you won't want to put it down! ( )
  estimmons | Oct 18, 2014 |
Fanny Flagg is a genius. This book is laugh out loud funny. (even when you are alone!) Daisy Fay has quite an eclectic set of friends and a unique view of life. I had to read portions out loud to my husband. Mama recommended this. She found it as Coming Attractions (its original title) at her local library sale. After Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe became so popular it was rereleased as Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. I reread it and am very glad that I did. While there is a great deal of humor there are also many touching moments that bring the characters to life. I highly recommend it. ( )
  njcur | May 31, 2014 |
Daisy Fay is a 12 year old living in Mississippi during the 50s. Her family is a bit dysfunctional, to say the least. In a series of short diary-like entries, she describes her many adventures with an interesting cast of characters. The first 2/3 of the book seem a bit disjointed with no clear direction, but the last part saved the day with Daisy Fay heading to a beauty pageant as an unlikely entrant. Never did figure out who the miracle man was. ( )
  addunn3 | Mar 10, 2014 |
Secondo libro di Fannie Flagg.
Spezzato di vita di una famiglia medio borghese degli anni 50 in Alabama.
Daisy Fay scrive sul suo diario e ci rende partecipi e ci coinvolge nella sua vita di ragazzina, che piano piano diventa donna, dove dovrà affrontare grandi e piccole avventure vissute sempre con ingenuità e leggerezza a volte, ma anche vita fatta di hamburger e di miracoli!
Fannie Flagg è fenomenale!!Mi trascina in questo posti colorati e pieni di profumi, di familiarità, di calore e di amore!
Una lettura leggera e piacevole! ( )
  Emanuela.Booklove | Oct 6, 2013 |
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What you are about to read . . . really did happen to me . . . or maybe it didn't . . . I'm not sure . . . but it doesn't matter . . . because it's true . . .
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Hello there . . . my name is Daisy Fay Harper and I was eleven years old yesterday.
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A coming-of-age story set on the Gulf Coast follows the misadventures of Daisy Fay, a straight-shooting girl with an eye for the bizarre. By the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

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Growing up along the Gulf Coast's Shell Beach, Daisy Fay has to deal with lots of troubles, including her own daddy who has a "mortgage scheme in which his daughter has to return from the dead in a carefully orchestrated miracle"--Cover.

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