Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Book - 1988
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The tale of two women: the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, back in the thirties. Their southern-style cafe offered good barbecue, good coffee, and all kinds of love and laughter--not to mention an occasional murder.
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, 1988, c1987.
Edition: 1st McGraw-Hill paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780070212572
Branch Call Number: FLAG
Characteristics: 403p. cm.


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I have so much love for this book, be it the tall tales, barbecue, or the proud and powerful women who got things done. There are difficult turns in this story too, since it never shies away from the language and racial violence of the times, but somehow Fannie Flagg keeps it from being overly heavy as she highlights the complicated relationships that were no doubt present during the Depression. I really enjoyed Fannie Flagg's storytelling!

SaraLovesBooks Jan 23, 2017

I really love this book. The story is told in a non-traditional way, with one story in a linear style, and the other one going back and forth through time, as storytellers are wont to do. It is an incredibly touching story that shows the multitude of relationships between women and family. The book is touching, humorous, and irreverent within the backdrop of dark realities such as the KKK and racism in the south.

Nov 17, 2016

A wonderful read that takes us back to the South in the positive ways of hospitality and negative ways of Klan visits.

LPL_ShirleyB Feb 19, 2016

Fannie Flagg has written many wonderful and funny books, but this one is her most loved! The characters connect with powerful bonds of love and friendship, confronting challenges like ageism, racism, poverty and low self-esteem. The story moves quickly and shifts perspectives back and forth from contemporary time to the Depression era. The most loveable heroine is a tomboy in the 1930s, but if she were here now she would be a proud lesbian. Also check out the excellent dramatic & funny movie version!

robhoma Aug 23, 2014

Read the book. Watch the movie. Both are great but different in their own ways. Both stories stand true to the theme of the novel in honoring nontraditional Southern families before television had homogenized society.

Jul 27, 2014

Another Bravo for Fannie Flagg. Two women meet in a nursing home. One is visiting. One is a resident. Evelyn befriends Mrs. Threadgood, together they review their lives. Mrs. Threadgood finds her way home, and Evelyn finds her way forward using lessons learned from Mrs. Threadgood. The people in both their lives are well drawn and can teach us many life lessons about kindness to ourselves and others.

lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

Even though I had watched the movie before, I still really enjoyed this novel. It was sweet, quirky, funny and just a good dose of southern comfort. My only (minor) beef I had was the switching around and sequence of narratives-but it strangely didn't deter too much. I really want to try some of the recipes for southern cooking!

Aug 07, 2013

Fannie Flagg is definitely a storyteller. In the style of Garrison Keilor and other "old-time" storytellers, she weaves a story about a town, and the people within it, with graceless ease. Each character has a distinctive voice, and the book is filled with well-blended humor and poignancy. It captures an era (ok, several eras), and is compelling in the diversity of personalities (that somehow stay contemporary in design). I really enjoyed this (much better than the movie!), and I recommend it for anyone looking for a touching and mostly-cheerful light read.

Feb 05, 2010

I realyy enjoy fannie flaggs books. I can just picture her sitting there and telling the story.

Nov 09, 2007

The movie was better. The book is different also re sexuality.


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May 30, 2008

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