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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Author: Fannie Flagg
Set in a small Alabama train stop town in the 1930s, this gem of a book almost could have been shelved as just another light romantic comedy. Various women's voices tell anecdotes of Whistle Stop, as the chapters jump back and forth through time. We hear from Mrs. Threadgoode, reminiscing fondly from her nursing home in the 1980s, and the ch...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780070212572
ISBN-10: 0070212570
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 403
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  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 470 ratings
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
Two women in the 1980's, grayheaded 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-the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her
friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop
Alabama, a Southern cafe offering good barbecue and good coffe and all kinds
of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.
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Helpful Score: 3
The setting of this book makes you want to be there. It's a sweet story with human compassion scenes and wisdom laced in. An original format, jumping back and forth through time as the aging main character confuses the past with the present.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent book with a different and less ambiguous ending than the movie. If you want to know for sure what happened to Frank, read the book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is so full of Southern hospitality, it even ends with eight pages of Sipsey's recipes from the Whistle Stop Cafe. I only hope that come summer, my fried green tomatoes actually taste as good as I imagine Sipsey's do. By the way, Sipsey is the cook.

Each character reminds me of folks I've known in some of the "whistle stop" places I've lived. I wish I had a best friend like Idgie. The Threadgoods live in just about every small town.

This is a good read filled with family, neighbor, and community love. There is humor along the way and a couple of real surprises. It is about Southern life both black and white; rich and poor. It is about friendship and the passing of time. I will go as far as saying, "It is about time you read this book." I wish I hadn't waited so long!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is wonderful. The movie certainly did it justice too.
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This is a delightful book with memorable people and the strength of family and friendship shining. It is a quick read and a book you want to wrap your arms around.
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It is a good book BUT I was uncomfortable with the lesbian relationship, it is just not to my taste but aside from that it is a pretty good book.
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This is a wonderful read. Ms. Flagg has created characters that are vibrant, and the three perspectives woven throughout the book keep the overall stories interesting.

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