Mar 252021

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop: A Novel

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg (Author, Narrator)

Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, church-going and proper, and his aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its fun and famous fried green tomatoes. And as Bud often said of his childhood to his daughter, Ruthie, “How lucky can you get?” But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and Whistle Stop became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. In so doing, he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other beloved Fannie Flagg characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, that change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you really go home again?

I recently read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg and I loved it, so when I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it also.

This book continues the Fried Green Tomatoes book and I may be in the minority here, but I really think I liked this book more. I loved learning how Stump’s (Buddy Jr.) life was as an adult, and about his daughter Ruth. This book answered all the questions I had when I finished the first book. I was so excited to see what would happen next and I was never disappointed.

There was a surprising twist of new friendships that added so much to the story, and a few more “predicaments” that added a bit of excitement. I totally loved this book!

I plan on reading another Flagg book soon!

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  18 Responses to “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg”

  1. Aww, a good choice of author’s for a feel good story. I need to try this one.

  2. Learning what happens to characters you really like in one book is so satisfying! I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

  3. I loved Fried Green Tomatoes and never knew that there was book that continued the story. Flagg is great although it’s been so long since I’ve read her.

    • This and Fried Green Tomatoes are the only books I’ve read of hers but I loved them so much I want to read another of her books soon.

  4. How wonderful that this follow-up was so satisfying for you! I have Fried Green Tomatoes and Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man sitting on my “keeper” shelf, with hopes of rereading both. I’ll have to remember to look into this one. Thanks for the review!

  5. I read Fried Green Tomatoes ages ago but I didn’t even know this one existed! This sounds like a wonderful read.

    • I enjoyed this book more than the first Whistle Stop mainly because I got a lot of answers to questions I had with the first one. It was very good!

  6. I’m with Katherine, I have Fried Green Tomatoes but didn’t know about this book. I have my head so deep I. Series these days!
    Hope you are well and the pollen isn’t too harsh in your area. Up here it’s been a bear but we have lovely blossoms.

    • I didn’t know about this book either but I loved the first Whistle Stop book so much that I looked at her other books and saw it. So glad I did because it was so good!

  7. I loved it too. Especially the newsletters

  8. I’ve never read Fannie Flagg but now, I’m beginning to think I missed something, so yeah, I added one to my TBR. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Iza, I hope you do try her books, If you’re going to read one of the Whistle Stop books, I suggest you start with Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe & then read The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop since Wonder Boy is the follow up to Fried Green Tomatoes.

  9. I didn’t realize she had a sequel to the Fried Green Tomatoes book. Have you ever read Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man? I loved that book. Whichever one you choose I hope you’ll enjoy and you’ll tell us about it!

  10. No, I’ve never read Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, I may read it next. Thanks for letting me know you loved it!

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