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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
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Mar 14, 2012

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Read from March 04 to 14, 2012

I liked this book but, sadly, not as much as many of the same genre. On the plus side, I love how it treated the same-sex relationship between Ruth and Idgie so matter-of-factly, but in some ways, that didn't quite ring true. How could there be so much racial prejudice and absolutely none about sexuality? Were the residents of Whistle Stop THAT ignorant?

I did enjoy meeting the characters, but sometimes felt that their stories took them too far afield. I guess the author was trying to show how the racial issues played out in the city in addition to the smaller towns, but it didn't add enough depth for me to make up for the loss of focus.

Using one elderly resident's reminiscences with a newcomer to the story was a fairly simple but effective way to jump between the past and present.

In all, a quick read, decent enough, but nothing to go out of your way for.
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