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Fannie Flagg

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Fannie Flagg's writing career began behind the scenes of television's Candid Camera and progressed to out-in-front as performer-writer. Her acting achievements led to roles in motion pictures including Five Easy Pieces, with Jack Nicholson; Stay Hungry, with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field; and, most recently, Crazy in Alabama, with Melanie Griffith. For the theater in New York she did Patio Porch and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and played the lead role in the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Her first novel, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, was on the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks. Her second, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, praised by Harper Lee and Eudora Welty, was on the Times list for thirty-six weeks. It was made into the memorable hit movie Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The screenplay, also written by Flagg, earned her the coveted Scripters Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Screen Award. Her reading of the Random House audiobook received a Grammy nomination.

That book gave way to an even bigger hardcover success for Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, which The Christian Science Monitor called "captivating . . . a comic novel to open with open arms." Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man (1981)
     aka Coming Attractions
   A Redbird Christmas (2004)
   I Still Dream About You (2010)
   The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (2013)
Fannie Flagg recommends
Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two (2020)
(Miss Julia, book 22)
Ann B Ross
"Miss Julia is one of the most delightful characters to come along in years. Ann B. Ross has created what is sure to become a classic Southern comic novel. Hooray for Miss Julia, I could not have liked it more."
Rush (2018)
Lisa Patton
"There’s not a better Southern author writing today than Lisa Patton. Her delightful new book is a modern look at what is perhaps the most sacred of all Southern rituals: sorority rush at The University of Mississippi, ‘Ole Miss.’ And happily for us, Miss Patton captures to absolute perfection the hilarity, hysteria, and heartbreak of it all. Funny, touching, and full of twists and turns. I couldn’t have loved it more."
The Story of Arthur Truluv (2017)
(Mason, book 1)
Elizabeth Berg
"Berg's characters jump right off the page and into your heart. I dare you to read it and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv."

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