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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

(Whistle Stop, AL #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  276,234 ratings  ·  7,308 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 goo ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Random House (first published 1987)
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Melissa I saw the movie first and always thought it was excellent. However, I enjoyed the book so much I have read it at least twice now. They are different e…moreI saw the movie first and always thought it was excellent. However, I enjoyed the book so much I have read it at least twice now. They are different enough that both deserve repeat read/watches. Most of the time I think the books are better than the movies but this is really a toss up. I love them both. (less)
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Petra X insecurity is paranoia
This is a very good book. Solid hardback. I have about 80 copies in the bookshop. 12 of them are supporting the little fridge up to a reasonable height. Two of them are under 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 (not now, post Irma I need a new roof as I have two huge holes in it, so I moved the books) . Sometimes prior to the hurricanes, when it rained ...more
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It's funny, most people can be around someone and they gradually begin to love them and never know exactly when it happened; but Ruth knew the very second it happened to her.
It's a love story, a friendship story and so much more. There's survi
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern
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
Reading Road Trip 2020

Current location: Alabama

I feel like I'm living like a rat these days, with my own little rat's nest off to the side of my bed where I have stacks of books lined up for my reading road trip project and little post-it notes of feverishly scribbled messages, things I'm supposed to remember.

On one of these notes is written: “Nietzsche: A human being is a going-across.”
On another: “John Lennon: Whatever gets you thru the night.”

I wrote them both, while reading this book.

A human
Jul 14, 2012 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
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg is a 2002 Random House publication – (originally published in 1987)

Many people have seen the movie version of this book. But,as is often the case, the book is a bit different from the movie version. While I enjoyed the movie, and thought it had an excellent cast, I have to say, the book is still better.

Evelyn is stuck in a rut, neglected by her husband, going through menopause, taking comfort in food. But, a chance meeting with Mrs.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was like waking up on a spring morning after a long dreary winter to the sound of the dawn chorus, after a reading slump of a few weeks I really was delighted when this novel came up as a book club read, having read it in 2010 and loved the book I knew enough time had lapsed for me to forget the details of the story but not the wonderful characters.

Charming, witty thought proving and endering are all words that come to mind on finishing this novel. A lovely page turner to loos
Nov 15, 2007 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
Mark Porton
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is a book I came to knowing little about, written by an author I know nothing about. So, it was a major surprise when I was blown out of the water by this experience.

The story involves a little railroad town in Alabama called Whistle Stop and centres around a Cafe of the same name operated by partners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison. There’s a whole crew of characters we get to know, in fact, initially I found it difficult to keep
Joe Valdez
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
The Year of Women--in which I'm devoting 2021 to reading female authors only--continues with Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Published in 1987, this was a substitution for the cozy mystery I had scheduled and it ended up featuring a bucolic setting, eccentric characters, delicious food and a murder trial. To an extent, there's even a dead body, but what impacted me about this novel where a cozy might not is Flagg's bittersweet chronicle of a town's passing, choked ...more
This story is racist as hell.
Just in case you were wondering.

I'd never been interested in this book or the movie. This wasn't at all my cup of tea when it came out; I was in the middle of my high school career and only reading classics or fantasy and some science fiction. Domestic fiction, especially Southern, was an anathema.

I'm not sure why I had this on my Overdrive wish list. Maybe it showed up on its own? Or maybe I've just expanded my reading interests (now I'll read anything that isn't f
Andy Marr
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one maked and breaked my heart a hundred times.

Possibly perfect.
Lynne King
Dec 31, 2012 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
Elyse  Walters
My Goodreads friend just read this book...

I'm having memories of it ---AND the wonderful movie!
Nandakishore Mridula
Apparently, this is the tale of an old woman reminiscing to a younger one about her life in a small town in Alabama, and the changes which take place as the American South moves from its racist past to the more inclusive present. It can be read like that, and enjoyed for its simplicity, its easy pace, and engaging characters. But perceptive readers who go beyond the facade will unearth a rich treasure of allegory and metaphor: because in this novel, as with any good work of literature, the real ...more
May 28, 2021 marked it as to-review
So far, this has been a wonderful read!

Not sure why, but keeps reminding of Forrest Gump...

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Nov 22, 2008 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 pages ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful novel, peopled with characters that leap off the page and stick with you after you have closed the cover of the book. I actually miss some of the characters from "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe", and that has only happened to me a few times in my reading life.
I am not going to get into the rehash that many of these reviews seem to focus on about this novel not being like the movie. For the record, I love the film, but it is a different creature than the novel,
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!
David Putnam
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Read this book long ago and really enjoyed it. Fannie Flag used to be a member of Asilomar Writers. I too have been a member of Asilomar Writers for the last twenty-five years. Before I joined Fannie Flag read Fried Green Tomatoes in this same group. She dedicated the book to Jerry Hannah the organizer and leader (and my writing mentor). I would not be a published author today without Jerry Hannah's wonderful guidance.
This is a great book I recommend it.
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
I know I should feel guilty for loving this book as much as I do. I mean, it only has one measly murder, no mad scientist, no bloodshed and it’s not about the end of the world as we know it... But sorry, not sorry: I just love it. “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” is just too damn awesome for me to shelve it with my junk food books. Certainly, it is chick-lit: the little Alabama town is populated by people who are way too nice and quaint to be true (even the miscreants have hearts ...more
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Time & again, this book has restored my soul.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

It’s odd, here the whole world was suffering so, but at the cafe, those Depression years come back to me now as the happy times, even though we were all struggling. We were happy and didn’t know it.

I finished the novel a few weeks back, but I delayed the review in order to hit the official start of the Holiday Season. Because this year 2020 has offered me enough grief already and I believe it’s important to put things in perspective and to realize that our best hope to get over the hard times
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
Jenny Baker
This book was one of a dozen or so books that I added to my TBR when I first joined Goodreads in January of 2013. It's also one of my favorite movies, so it's a shame that I'm just now reading the book. The audiobook narrator did a fantastic job giving different voices to the characters. The movie played in my head the entire time, except for a few parts that weren't in the movie. I loved this book so much! ...more
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
Roel ✿
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
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Even though I'm quite disappointed in myself for not loving this book as much as everybody else seems to, I'm glad there were at least some parts of it I did enjoy. In between the heavy topics this book touches on, you'll find a fair few likeable characters, good family dynamics, and a cute and subtle romance.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café is about tw
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Reading this one was like spending a sunny afternoon, lazily drinking fresh iced tea on the veranda, surrounded by friends and family.

Love and highly recommend this hilarious and heart warming Southern yarn. It’s full of nostalgic moments, intriguing characters, yearning, delicious food as well as the best and the worst of human nature. So happy to have finally read this adorable and entertaining book!
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
The movie Fried Green Tomatoes has always been a favorite of mine, so I finally decided to pick up the book.

I love this story, but knowing the movie so well, I really didn't need to read the book too. Still absolutely enjoyed it.
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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, Bab ...more

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