For anyone unsure about whether or not Fannie Flagg could be a great actress and author...be assured she is both! Her stories are more about the characters and their lives, rich with details and surprises that will delight the reader. I have read/listened to all of her books and this did not disappoint. It's a bit slow for the first few chapters and the main character is whining a bit too much about her lot in life, that we know nothing about early on. I was rewarded as the story unfolded and was introduced to the lives of her friends and the reasons for her self doubt and depression. She always weaves in some historical fiction and that really makes the story come alive for me. If you loved Fried Green Tomatos or any of her other stories, you will love this too. I am very pleased that Fannie Flagg reads her own work, she is wonderful narrator and author.
If you just want to relax and be entertained then this is the book. After reading a lot of non fiction, intense dramas and mystery novels I was ready for some light entertainment. I love Fannie Flagg doing her own narration. Especially her southern twang. Also many of the thoughts of the main character were similar to my own in many ways.
I listened to this book at just the right point in my life. Fannie Flagg kept me on the edge of my seat, the storytelling is spellbinding, and her narration is perfect. I loved it!
Sometimes I get on these kicks where I think that the deep South is so mysterious and seems so magical. While there are definitely magic in the South (Savannah, the food, the people) Fannie Flagg’s writing is not one of them. Here’s the questions you need to ask yourself before picking up this book:
*Who wants to hear a 60 year old woman reflect on how she didn’t win Miss America the year that she was Miss Alabama? Not me.
*Who wants to read ½ of a book that describes detail by detail (literally a 16 point presentation) about how this horrible woman is planning on killing herself since she’s aging (like the rest of the world) and feeling sorry for herself? Not me.
*Who wanted her to finish the deed on page 150 so that I wasn’t wasting my time? Me.
Anyone who has been affected by suicide in thier life would not take this subject so lightly and I can’t even fathom how a well-known author like this could even think about trying to make this light-hearted.
The only part that I liked about this book was the historical information about the city of Birmingham and the mystery around one of her real estate properties. I found that fascinating but couldn’t get past the whole “whoa is me” storyline.
Some of the other reviews had the following descriptions, to which I agree:
weak, whining main character
thin, disconnected plot
bubble-brained fluff and blather
the theme of suicide is so repulsive
I love Fanny Flagg books. I love her characters and this book reinforces her strength in making us care about the people in her books. I'll admit it is slow to develop and I'd like her to push the plot along but the pace suits the age and desposition of the characters.
The narration by Fanny Flagg is delightful because once again it suits our protagonist. If you long for riotous laughs, gripping high drama or action don't select this book. It is, however, a perfect listen after a hard and busy day to help you ease into the evening.
While on the surface this book does not seem deep... it probes the mind of someone who has chosen to end their life with surprising insight. At the same time... it makes the reader laugh at the idiosyncracies of the various characters as they move forward in life as best they can. I found the thoughts of Maggie paralleled my own in many ways...
I have enjoyed every other Fannie Flagg book, especially Red Bird Christmas. I am halfway though I Still Dream About You and I am struggling to keep going. The main character is a twit and the only really interesting character is already dead. This was a big disappointment.
I really wanted to like this, struggling through the recording until part-way through the 2nd part. But this book listened/read like a book for a second grader. There was way too much unintersting detail as the story slowly crawled along. The premise was much more interesting than the reality. A painful experience.
Overall good - not great. Started slow, liked the late middle to ending much more than most of the beginning. Was not a fan of the narrator.