Jan 302021

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women – of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth – who back in the ’30s ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present – for Evelyn and for us – will never be quite the same again….

I watched the movie many years ago and loved it, and the book has been on my list to read for a long time . I don’t know why it took me so long to read (listen) to it.

I loved this book! The characters were well written, the story was very good. I didn’t want to stop listening to it.

I loved the characters Idgie, Ruth, Mrs. Threadgoode, Evelyn, Sipsey, and the rest of the characters. Well, not so much Frank Bennett.

I liked The Weems Weekly, it reminded me of a small town newspaper back in the 70’s. Even though the books jumps back and forth from year to year, it was easy to keep track. There wasn’t one “story” that I didn’t enjoy.

Fannie Flagg did a great job with this book and now I plan on watching the movie again tonight. There were a few parts in the book that were sad but others were laugh out loud funny.

The narrator was Lorna Raver and she did a fantastic job with all the voices!

I loved this book so much that when I finished it I bought a copy of  The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop and want to get a copy of Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook.

This book will probably be going on my top 10 favorite books of 2021 list.

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  16 Responses to “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag”

  1. I hope you enjoy ‘Wonder Boy’ as much as I did. Fannie Flagg is an auto-read author for me.

  2. This is one of those rare books in which the movie is just as good as the book. I loved them both. If you get a chance, do read Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. I read it many years ago and loved it. It’s on my reread list for 2021.

  3. I remember listening to this many years ago… loved it!!

  4. I loved that movie and just never got around to reading the book. I have really enjoyed other Fannie Flagg books though so one of these days I’d love to read this one.

  5. I liked the book and movie a lot. I think I read the book before the movie but it was a long time ago. I’ve not read anything else by this author though.

  6. I enjoyed the movie and now I want to listen to the audiobook. Fantastic review!

  7. This was such a great movie. I don’t know why I never read the book!

  8. I love the book and the movie! I believe I saw the movie first but both were so long ago, it doesn’t really matter at this point. The cast of the movie was perfect.

    • I saw the movie years ago but never read the book so I decided to get a copy. I love it and then read The Wonder Boy of Whistle also and loved it even more!

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