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When Cleo Threadgood and Evelyn Couch meet in the visitors lounge of an Alabama nursing home, they find themselves exchanging the sort of confidences that are sometimes only safe to reveal to strangers. At 48, Evelyn is falling apart: none of the middle-class values she grew up with seem to signify in today's world. On the other hand, 86-year-old Cleo is still being nurtured by memories of a lifetime spent in Whistle Stop, a pocket-sized town outside of Birmingham, which flourished in the days of the Great Depression. Most of the town's life centered around its one cafe, whose owners, gentle Ruth and tomboyish Idgie, served up grits (both true and hominy) to anyone who passed by. How their love for each other and just about everyone else survived visits from the sheriff, the Ku Klux Klan, a host of hungry hoboes, a murder and the rigors of the Depression makes lively readingthe kind that eventually nourishes Evelyn and the reader as well. Though Flagg's characters tend to be sweet as candied yams or mean clear through, she manages to infuse their story with enough tartness to avoid sentimentality. Admirers of the wise child in Flagg's first novel, Coming Attractions, will find her grown-up successor, Idgie, equally appealing. The book's best character, perhaps, is the town of Whistle Stop itself. Too bad the trains don't stop there anymore.
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"A REAL NOVEL AND A GOOD ONE . . . [FROM] THE BUSY BRAIN OF A BORN STORYTELLER."
--The New York Times
"IT'S VERY GOOD, IN FACT, JUST WONDERFUL."
--Los Angeles Times
"COURAGEOUS AND WISE."
It's better than the movie!
A journey for your mind from start to finish. I love everything about this book.
One of my favorite books have read it more than once and it's still a good read.Published 6 months ago by Kenzie Muscutt
My favourite book, movie and food are ~ Fried green tomatoes!
on a serious note, this book is a classic, the characters make you feel like family, and it is to some degree... Read more
I purchased this book because I liked the movie. I have to say, the screenwriters definitely improved upon this book. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2011 by Mari Kath
We expect so much from our Southern authors, and rightly so---they're the cream of the crop when it comes to storytelling and craft. Read morePublished on June 7 2005 by Shelly Burdum
Southern writers just seem to do it for me. I don't know why, but they're the best, hitting the nail on the head almost all the time. Read morePublished on March 6 2005 by S.T.Waller
Flagg has to be one of my favorite writers. For those who've been living under a rock and haven't seen or heard of FGT the movie, run, don't walk, to your nearest video store. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2005 by Darien McIntosh
By far the best thing Fannie Flagg ever wrote. I laughed, I cried, and I gave it three thumbs up! (Okay, I had a friend with me at the time and used another hand). Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2004