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.
If you have picked up this book--you have just taken on the best time in your life in the pages of entertainment. You can not help but love the author, the women who work the cafe, the customers, and the whole cafe setting itself. Your going to laugh--just won't be able not to, and your going to want to hurry and get back to "The Cafe" when you have to put the book down. But the worst thing i can say about this book--is that it ends, and you will be left wanting more. Absolute delight to read--If it is Fannie Flag, your money is well spent.
This is a wonderful story that takes place from the 1929 to 1988 with two stories running concurrently. The story of what happened in Whistle Stop many years ago is told by Ninny, in a rest home, to Evelyn, who befriends her. You also get Ninny's and Evelyn's story in the present time. You will get wrapped up in both stories. However, running silently between the lines are messages of the social and economic issues of the both times. In fact, most are still relevant in the 21st Century. I gave it 5 stars-I loved it. Not because I did, but because Fannie Flagg made me a part of the story. It is a depressing one, both on the surface and between the lines. I grew up in most of those times. Stories rate highest with me when I can personally feel what the characters feel. I internalized this story and characters too much. I felt hurt when they hurt and they hurt a lot. Every once in a while there was some happiness, but not often. Recommend.