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.

  12 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!

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