I Still Dream About You
Random House, 2010
Margaret ‘Maggie’ Fortenberry is a real estate agent in Birmingham, Alabama, a former Miss Alabama, and still beautiful despite her advancing age. Her life seems perfect to everyone around her but inside she is depressed and getting worse. After her mentor Hazel Whisenknott (a 3 foot 4 inch dynamo of enthusiasm) dies and a new ruthless agent comes to town and steals all the listings, she decides its’ time for her to leave it all behind and move on. As she makes her plans to leave, life keeps getting in the way, seemingly to conspire against her, forcing her to hang around. Will she stay or will she continue to postpone her departure to help those around her? And who (or what) does she still dream about?
This is another well crafted Fannie Flagg story of a Southern town and its residents that has had its triumphs and heartbreak and still manages to survive. And although it has quirky and charming characters like her other novels I’ve read, I didn’t like this one as much. It wasn’t as humorous as the others, or as light-hearted, even though it tried. There were times in reading it I felt as depressed as Maggie and wanted to run away from the book but I persevered and was mildly rewarded in the end. The story did end on a high note, but it was a long time in coming!