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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  200,012 Ratings  ·  4,055 Reviews
It's first the story 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 thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Random House (first published 1987)
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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 ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 15, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it
Over the course of this year I have branched out in my reading choices. I have discovered multiple genres that I previously had not read, one of which being southern literature. It is in this regard that I found the writing of Fannie Flagg. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe invites the reader to small town Alabama. Through Flagg's southern charm you feel as though you are a part of the town and its cast of characters. In this light that I rate this gem of a book 4.5 stars.

Fried Gree
Lynne King
Feb 12, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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
Jun 05, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Ξέρω ότι όσοι διάβασαν αυτό το βιβλίο το αγάπησαν. Εγώ πάλι όχι, δεν είχα όρεξη να το πιάσω στα χέρια μου και κάθε φορά που το έκανα ένιωθα λες και έκανα αγγαρεία, οπότε το έφτασα μέχρι λίγο μετά από την μέση.
Ναι είναι καλογραμμένο. Είναι μια ιστορία αγάπης που περνάει μηνύματα κατά του ρατσισμού. Είναι γλυκό, τρυφερό και νοσταλγικό, αλλά δεν ένιωσα τίποτα. Ίσως φταίει το ότι ανήκει στην ίδια κατηγορία βιβλίων που ανήκει το Όταν σκοτώνουν τα κοτσύφια και το The help, τα οποία λάτρεψα οπότε περί
Dec 11, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
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 ...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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“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
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!
Feb 28, 2011 Nick rated it it was amazing
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
This book is a master class in writing a novel. First of all you have a solid story which takes you down the path and never wanders too far. Every element adds to the story, none of the side plots or extra details take anything away, they just keep adding to it. Secondly you have a cast of wonderful characters who are three dimensional and real. None of the characters feel unnecessary and they all add to the over all feeling of the book. There are two main stories in this book. One is of Evelyn ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
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
Morana Mazor
Dec 10, 2015 Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigurno ste vi gledali film, tamo negdje u devetesetima.. I ja sam, naravno ( i jako mi se svidio), ali nisam, sve do sada, čitala knjigu.. A, ako je film tako dobar onda i knjiga mora biti genijalna što je i ovdje slučaj... I u filmu i u knjizi osjećamo emocije s kojima je Fanni Flag ispričala priču o gradiću Whistle Stop i njegovim stanovnicima.. Bilo je to doba velike ekonomske krize '30.-ih god. prošlog stoljeća u doba kada su crnci u Americi sjedili u stražnjem djelu autobusa, a bijelci se ...more
Paakhi Srivastava
Oct 15, 2014 Paakhi Srivastava rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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
May 07, 2014 Kaloyana rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Ludovica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Jul 08, 2016 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
E' un romanzo che ti entra dritto dritto al centro del cuore.. Bellissimo. E' commovente, dolce, tenero, divertente e triste allo stesso tempo. E' una storia che ne racchiude molte al suo interno, tutte splendide. Ci sono personaggi indimenticabili: li ho amati dal primo all'ultimo, e ogni volta che uno mi lasciava, mi piangeva un po' il cuore. Come Evelyne anche io sono stata catapultata a Whistle Stop degli anni '30/'40 e non volevo più tornare indietro. Sono un po' come vecchi amici, con cui ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Kiwi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you feel like reading a heart-warming story, you can’t go wrong with one of Fannie Flagg’s novels.
I should be rating this 4 stars but decided to upgrade it to 5 because I would love to sit down with Mrs Virginia (Ninny) like old friends, listening to her reminiscing, and perhaps try some of Sipsey’s recipes included at the end of the book.

Fav. Quote:

I just wonder how many people never get the one they want, and wind up with the one they're supposed to be with.
Jan 12, 2016 Ksenya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 2016
Ця книжка теж дійшла до нашого читача із чималою паузою у 29 років. У США у свій час вона стала бестселлером у списку Нью-Йорк Таймс. Її читання почала із того, що загуглила, як виглядають ті самі зелені смажені помідори, бо напочатку страва звучала аж занадто екзотично для мого київського вуха. Виявляється, це дуже проста і відома в американських реаліях їжа і нічого в ній страшного немає.

Такі книжки у нас називають жіночими. І після того певна частина населення, не лише чоловічого, втрачають д
Sep 14, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the world you may just be one person, but to someone else you may mean the world. Beautiful story!! And I ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Margo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fiction
A whimsical story, at times bordering on twee, but a very enjoyable read. Whistlestop Alabama is a place where racism is as natural as breathing, as surprisingly is homosexuality. A wonderful place to live, despite the Depression, alcoholism, wife beating, murder and so on!

Even better than the film.
Apr 12, 2011 Luana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrizia O
Jul 06, 2011 Patrizia O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporanei
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
Sandra Bašić
Dec 11, 2015 Sandra Bašić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Već sam dugo imala želju pročitati ovu knjigu i eto, ostvarila se... Znala sam što očekivati, bar sadržajno, jer sam jednom davno pogledala film.

Blagoglagoljiva Ninny Threadgoode iz staračkog doma Rose Terrace pronaći će "žrtvu za slušanje" priče o životu 1930.-ih godina u Alabami i znamenitoj gostionici Whistle Stop. Njenu priču pomno će pratiti Evelyn Couch, nesretna i iskompleksirana žena, kojoj će pred očima "oživjeti" mnogobrojni likovi iz prošlosti.

Bez obzira na težak život ugnjetavanih c
Mar 06, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Loved this story.....4 1/2 star read!

I loved getting to know all of the lovable characters in this book. I cried when some of them died, and was happy when some of them got what was coming to them. Made me sad to finish this was like saying goodbye to some old friends. I really want to watch the movie now to see if it could live up to the book.
Jul 02, 2008 whichwaydidshego? rated it liked it
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.
3 stelle, nonostante sia piaciuto a tutti. Sarò la pecora nera dei lettori.
La storia si snoda attraverso diversi e numerosi flashback, che partono dal presente (più o meno) e si torna indietro fino al 1929 e anche di più. La storia di una famiglia, di alcuni personaggi legati a questa famiglia. Di un'anziana signora che narra per l'appunto questa storia a Evelyn, una signora triste e infelice della sua vita, che sembra gioire solo dei racconti dell'anziana.
Avrei preferito che si parlasse solo de
Mar 26, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing
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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“Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.” 2914 likes
“I wonder how many people don't get the one they want, but end up with the one they're supposed to be with.” 2408 likes
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