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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  171,255 ratings  ·  3,308 reviews
A new edition of the bestseller that became a national touchstone and a beloved movie. Folksy and fresh, endearing and enduring, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe tells the tale of two women and the cafe they ran in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering barbecue, coffee, love, laughter -- and an occasional murder.
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Published 2002 by Random House (first published 1987)
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Virginia The movie is just as good as the book, but in a totally different way. They are quite different.
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Shovelmonkey1
Sep 16, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like themed food to accompany their reads
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: pop cultural infiltration
This book is fluffy.
How fluffy?

It is as fluffy as floating on cloud while lying on a mattress stuffed with kittens and simultaneously wearing a pink angora jumper and a candy floss hat.

This is the sort of book I enjoy when my brain decides to take a day off. But it is lovely and it is likely that even the most po-faced cynics (me) will be drawn into the warm doughy bosom of this story of love, friendship and adversity in 1930s Alabama. The history of Whistlestop, along with helpful recipe appe
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Katie
I really love this movie, but as usual, the book is much better and vastly different. In 1985, two women, Ninny and Evelyn, meet and develop a strong friendship. They share treats and conversation while Ninny spins the story of Whistle Stop and its inhabitants, weaving relationships through generations in an enchanting tale of the Old South. The journey is equally important for both women, allowing Ninny to remember and embrace her past while helping Evelyn to accept her past and look forward to ...more
Petra X
This is a very good book. Solid hardback. I have about 60 copies in the bookshop. 12 of them are supporting the little fridge up to a reasonable height. Two of them evening out the cash desk which otherwise would be a bit wobbly. Another 8 (in two's) are against the ends of the four shelves under the galavanise bit of roof where it leaks when it rains hard as I don't mind them getting wet as I have so many. Sometimes when it rains a bit everyday and they don't dry out they get mouldy so I replac ...more
Lynne King
I saw that a friend was reading this book, loved the cover and blurb and immediately ordered it for my Kindle. When I first started reading it, I thought that it was “insane” but I soon realised what a gem of a book I’d discovered. This has to be the best book I’ve read for a long time and I have no doubt that I’ll continue to look at it many times in the future.

Now where to start with this multi-faceted book? I’ve read quite a few excellent reviews on it and mine may be nothing in comparison bu
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Lisa
I feel bad saying it, but I think this is a case where I liked the movie better than I liked the book! The movie had its heartbreaking moments, but one was still left with quite a bit of humor and a general feeling of the significance of living life to the fullest. The book featured many more characters (and tragedies!) than the movie chose to portray, and the sadness of some of the stories dragged down the more humorous parts of the book. I guess I had expected the movie when I opened the pages ...more
Nidhi Singh
Just had this quirk of making a note of a few words from the book. So here it goes-
Blue gums, Miss Fancy, Naughty Bird, Hogs, Catfish, Blue jays, Whistle Stop, Alabama, Pink Cadillac, Boots, Opal, Dumplings, Fried chicken, Willie Boy, Blue Polka, Flower girl, Dill Pickle Club.
Now as much as I loved this book, there are a few things that struck me as peculiar. The understated homosexuality of the lead pair; how could it be so readily accepted by the townspeople? Fannie Flagg never describes it i
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Fewlas
Nov 05, 2012 Fewlas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fewlas by: SiMo
Quando l’oggetto di un romanzo coincide perfettamente con l’effetto che esso provoca nel lettore il successo è garantito. In questo caso parlo della proprietà terapeutica del racconto. Di come i racconti della signora Threadgoode cambino la vita della sua nuova amica Evelyn Couch e di come il libro di Fannie Flagg cambi un po’ anche la vita del lettore. Non in senso drastico, intendiamoci. Ritengo però che questo sia uno di quei libri che aiutano a ridimensionare un po’ il tutto, a dare le giust ...more
Nick
Evelyn Couch, an empty-nester woman who is unable to find meaning in her life, finds personal strength and a new zest for living through the stories and friendship of Mrs. Threadgoode, a nursing home resident.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is essentially about the relationships of two sets of women—Evelyn and Mrs. Threadgoode in the present (1980s) and Idgie and Ruth in the past. At the start of the novel, Evelyn has no purpose and finds her life unbearable. Her kids are grown a
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

“You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.”

After catching the movie on Netflix, I was bitten by the reading bug and decided to hunt this one down, see how it holds up, what’s different and what’s better.

I found it to be a charming book of friendship and personal growth. Told mainly through the stories of Mrs. Threadgoode in the nursing home, she goes back and forth between memories, from dull things like her cat and family dinners, to intriguing things such as mu
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Carol
An endearing and heartfelt story that just makes you want to take a trip and visit the Whistle Stop Cafe. The movie has always been a favorite of mine, and now the book is too! Just loved it!
Kaloyana Slavova
Една от тези книги, които обявявам безапелационно за уютна, човечна, човеколюбива и ведра! Наистина е топла, мила книга, с добри, сърдечни герои, които искаш да познаваш, да са ти приятели. А Уисъл Стоп е заведенийцето на моите мечти - прекрасна храна и ''пухкава'' атмосфера. Много ме радваха историите, героите, нравите, случките, характерите, мъдростта, мислите, любовта, разбирателство, съпричасността между хората, истинската доброта и една осезаема лекота на живота. Все неща, чиято липса е все ...more
Marieke
My reading of this book has a weird story that goes with it. In 1989 my grandmother came to stay with me while my mom was traveling somewhere for a chunk of time. I don't know where or for how long, but that's immaterial. I was a senior in high school and there was this little "women's bookstore" a couple of towns away, meaning I could find lesbian stuff, which was highly sought after by my newly-out pre-internet self. There were other stores on that particular Main Street, so it didn't seem str ...more
Anastasia
La mia definizione per questo libro è squisitamente grazioso. Tutti i personaggi sono così pieni d'amore e affetto che è impossibile non affezionarcisi. L'ho letto in inglese, e credevo che sarebbe stata una fatica immane (è stata la prima volta che ho letto un bel mazzo di 400 pagine in lingua), invece è filato via come l'olio. Forse il personaggio che ho avuto più a cuore è stata Evelyn, non so, credo di averlo capito addirittura all'inizio, quando vedendo i quadri degli ex-compagni di scuola, ...more
Ludovica
Benvenuti nel più spettacolare mondo iperbolico di sempre. Il biglietto è gratuito e la vostra visita guidata inizia da qui; soddisfatti o rimborsati non è la nostra politica in quanto è irragionevole ammettere anche solo per un istante che ci può essere qualcuno non disposto ad accettare il fatto che leggere questo libro sia instancabilmente divertente. Sicché è inutile rigirarci attorno e arriviamo al dunque, la scrittura di questa donna, di questa Fannie Flagg, lei, per diana, è inaspettatame ...more
Paakhi Srivastava
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a unique book. It has an interesting plot, lots of black humor, a rapid to and fro journey between two completely different spaces and times, glimpses of history and some wonderful characters. Let me take you through each of these:

The plot of the story is mundane that grows poignant as one reads through it. Evelyn is an empty nester, menopausal, overweight, neglected wife who meets the 86 years old high spirited Mrs. Ninny Threadgoode at the Rose
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Patrizia O
Il pregio di questo romanzo sta nell’essere riuscito ad armonizzare tutte le voci che, da un inizio un po’ titubante, si fondono come in un coro dove ciascuno contribuisce alla bellezza del canto. Non si può immaginare la storia del Cafè di Whistle Stop eliminando uno solo dei personaggi: anche quelli più marginali hanno un ruolo nel tratteggiare le atmosfere del “profondo sud” statunitense in un arco di tempo che va dalla Grande Depressione alla fine degli anni sessanta.
Mi è piaciuto la molte
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Luana
Aprite una nuova finestra, connettetevi su 'Google maps' e digitate 'Birmingham, Alabama', cliccate 'indicazioni stradali' e, nella stringa bianca, inserite 'Whistle Stop, Alabama'. Scoprirete così che, a quattro ore di viaggio e una manciata di minuti, si trovano la più grande città dell'Alabama, Birmingham, e una città (o forse paese?) che non ha nemmeno ottenuto indicazioni su Wikipedia.
Adesso che siete orientati sulla cartina geografica, immaginate di tornare indietro negli anni '30 e di sed
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Paula
{4,5} It was surprisingly good. I don't think I can properly review this book. I got too much into the story, so much that I REALLY wanted to be Evelyn so I could ask Ninny about some things that were unsaid on the book, but with the insight we got from the chatacters, we could make an idea out of it.
When I finished this book I was left with a weird sensation... like an emptiness inside and I wasn't expecting to cry that much; really it was insane!!! I don't know what happened. But what I do kno
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whichwaydidshego?
Jul 02, 2008 whichwaydidshego? rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to whichwaydidshego? by: Courtney
Shelves: modernfiction
This is a book that reminds us of what was once truly great about society, while still facing the worst in it head on. It mayn't again be found in the community, but it certainly can be found within us, if we choose it. And in small ways, then, glimpses will be found in our circle and possibly beyond.

It tells us that equality - of race, of sex, of age - is a disposition that comes from deep within, but is also a decision and a lifestyle. Remember, we, none of us, are merely what we appear to be.
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Carol
Historical fiction at its finest! I very much enjoyed this story. I especially liked the lessons Evelyn learned from Mrs. Threadgoode. She learned so much about herself and how to not be angry about what kind of person she was. Be proud of who you are, no matter what you look like on the outside. It's the person you are on the inside that's important. Don't worry about what others think...to the world you may just be one person, but to someone else you may mean the world. Beautiful story!! And I ...more
Louise
Will suggested I read this after I made fun of him for checking out a Fannie Flagg book from the library. Wanting to back up my poking fun at him, I checked this one out from the library. It was okay and pretty much what I expected even though I've never seen the movie. I guess I missed the whole lesbian relationship part when people were talking about the movie when it came out, but I thought it was an interesting subplot to the book.

I did get a little uncomfortable with all the n-bombs people
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Lauren
I really love this movie, so I decided to check out the book (which I often do...movie, then book). I found that the book had a lot more going on than the movie, including a plethora of new characters, which I often found confusing. However, the addition of characters allowed for a look at race relations throughout much of the 20th century, which was very interesting. Overall, though, I liked the way the movie flushed out the main characters and their storyline better than the book, and felt tha ...more
John Mcconahey
Having experienced the depression firsthand, my mother was rife with witticisms and anecdotes of being a teenager in her small Ohio town during the early ‘30s. Being a baby-boomer raised in a more affluent era, I never really connected with her many parables. This book focuses mostly on the residents of Whistle Stop, Alabama, and documents the joys, sorrows, prides, prejudices, sins and virtues of the of the little railroad-supported community. After devouring this enthralling book, my mom’s tal ...more
Christina White
I thought I knew what I was getting into when I started this novel, but I had no idea! I watched the movie about ten years ago and really couldn't remember too much about it besides there being a tom boy, a railroad accident and a nursing home. What I couldn't remember was the heart of the story... And wow, what a story! I must admit that when I realized I was going to be reading about the lives of two lesbians I almost gave up on the book. I'm so glad I didn't! Thankfully, this story wasn't a l ...more
Gill
This was a strange book jumping from 1929 to 1985 for a number of chapters before progressing to 1930 &1931 & 1986. Then the 30s advance alternately with Jnuary 1986 until odd chapters in 1917 & 1924 & various other dates creep in and some of the past characters feature in epidodes almost up to the 1988 present at the end of the book.
My husband had read this book first and said he found it easy to follow the separate time-frames because he noticed the chapter headings denoting t
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mairywo
I really don't know why this treasure sat on my tbr pile for four years. I bought it after I read „Standing in the Rainbow“ which I absolutely adored, and then I put off reading it.[return]Usually I don't like reading family sagas too much, but every once in a while one comes along that grabs you, makes you laugh and cry and doesn't let you go until you've turned the last page. And beyond. This is one of those books. I fell in love with the story and the people in it after about ten pages.[retur ...more
Danny

Always interesting to read the book after seeing the movie. Especially since I love the movie so much.

I like the book too, though. It's kind of radical in a lot of ways, which is depressing because it was written in the 1980s. Depressing because it's radical in mostly feminist ways and that really shouldn't be radical anymore.

The storyline was largely the same as the movie with tweaks here and there, mostly to do with timeline, or what Ninny Threadgoode, the storyteller, knew and didn't know. In
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Kristie
Such a wonderful story! I listened to this on audio and think it may have been a mistake. The narrator did a wonderful job, but there are a lot of characters and shifts in time which initially made it difficult to keep track of the timeline and everyone involved. I eventually figured it all out and wanted to know more about everyone in both the earlier and later story lines. Although, I hardly ever re-read books, this may be one that I sit down with a physical copy of some time in the future to ...more
Kua
Un libro veramente molto piacevole, uno spaccato dell'America del Sud degli anni '30, raccontato attraverso i bollettini settimanali di Dot Weems, la cronaca dell'epoca e i ricordi di Ninny Threadgoode, che narra le vicende del piccolo centro di Whistle Stop alla sua nuova amica Evelyn. Un pezzo di passato in cui la vita della comunità era veramente il punto di riferimento di ogni persona che vi faceva parte, dove tutti sapevano tutto di tutti, che a volte può sembrare una cosa soffocante, ma ch ...more
Simona
Terminato questo libro, ho provato un senso di nostalgia e di vuoto, anche se le vicende raccontate mi hanno rigenerato.
Mi sono affezionata a ognuno dei personaggi che hanno popolato il Caffè di Whistle Stop. Ho amato Evelyn, complessata e infelice che alla fine ritrova se stessa; Virginia, la dolce anziana che racconta la storia del Caffè gestito da Idgie e Ruth, due donne battagliere e combattive.
Ho adorato il modo in cui la Flagg ha parlato di razzismo, omosessualità, eutanasia senza mai pun
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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater.

She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby G
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