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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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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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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
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
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read this yet - get it now.
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 survival against the odds, murder, and absolute hilarity. In short - really, truly awesome.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead
Mrs. Threadgoode is at the same nursing h
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
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
Nandakishore Varma
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
Elyse  Walters
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Goodreads friend just read this book...

I'm having memories of it ---AND the wonderful movie!
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
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Time & again, this book has restored my soul. ...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
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.
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
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!
Pradnya K.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2018
It was such a lovely story! I enjoyed it since beginning to the end. Now it's over, I'd watch the movie soon.
I thought of a few of my girl friends while reading it. Without realising, we help each other. Quite often it's just few kind words that we need. To know that someone believes in you, someone roots for you and encourage you - it helps us trudge through. Or simply not go crazy. That's how I'll summarize Ninny Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch's friendship.

I loved the world of Ninny which she
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this multi-generational Southern story set in Alabama. I saw the 1991 movie version starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy at the cinema although I don't remember much about it except I also liked it. The novel's vibrant cast of characters (especially the strong female leads) appealed to me. The dishes served at the Whistle Stop Café also sound delicious.
Feb 17, 2011 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
Paakhi Srivastava
Sep 10, 2013 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
The problem most of the time is the book is better than the movie. In this case, I found the movie to be better than the book.

I think the fact that book jumped around a lot made it a bit hard to follow. And the ending was definitely bittersweet with so many characters who had lived with each other for decades who ended up moving on when their little town started to die. I guess this book made me a bit homesick and sad, since I see my hometown going the same way. It's slowly dying and eventually
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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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