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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Oct. 31 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804115613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804115612
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cleo Threadgood, 86, shares a lifetime of memories of Whistle Stop, Ala.where the social scene centered on its one cafewith Evelyn Couch, a younger woman who is looking for meaning in her life. PW described this as "lively readingthe kind that eventually nourishes Evelyn and the reader as well."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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."
--Houston Chronicle

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The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to me at the post office, and owners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been good ever since. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. VanCamp on Sept. 21 2001
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'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' is one of my favorite books. I just finished reading it again and I love it more than I did the last time!
There are many characters in this novel and you will love 98% of them! This book takes place from the 30's to the 80's and is packed full of stories!
You will learn things about racism that you don't want to know. I am ashamed of how some white people used to behave and how some still behave. This is a novel, but Fannie Flagg acurately depicts how cruel racism was back then and even can be NOW.
The most memorable characters are Idgie Threadgoode & Ruth Jamison and Mrs. Ninny Threadgoode & Evelyn Couch. These women will teach you about true, real and honest friendship. Take note and you will have healthier and happier relationships.
Fannie Flagg is an amazing author. She has a great sense of humor and weaves a story like you wouldn't believe! If you don't become completely engrossed in this novel I will be amazed. I can never read it fast enough!
Fannie Flagg is also great at character development. As I stated before there are many characters in this book and yet, Fannie Flagg writes in such a way that you will feel as if you know each and every one of them personally.
I am always kinda sad when this book ends because I don't want to leave Whistle Stop. I think that is why Evelyn is so sad in the end... she not only misses Mrs. Threadgoode, she misses Whistle Stop and all the people she met there through Ninny.
Read this book ASAP... I believe you will enjoy yourself! Thanks Fannie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maricela on Oct. 9 2003
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I greatly recommend this book to young readers because the story is exciting and complicated. The author, Fannie Flagg, uses events to foreshadow what would happen in the story. These foreshadowing make me keep on reading and to have a desire of finding out what would happen to the characters. For instance, when the author describes how the main character, Idgie, changed after her brother¡¦s death. Because of her brother¡¦s death, she does not wear dress anymore. And she becomes a tomboy who only interested in masculine activities. This foreshadowing makes me curious about how would Idgie¡¦s characteristics affect her life in the future. In the middle of the story, the author discloses the secret by describing Idgie becomes a lesbian. The author develops these foreshadowing naturally and inattentively in the story, and they make me to question the story and thus keep on reading to find out the answers.
Although the story is exciting, the author offers humors and relaxations throughout the story. For example, after Leona found out that ¡¥anger and hate could cause wrinkles¡¦ (P.35), she always threatens Idgie that ¡¥she was going to kill her, but kept a smile on her face while she was doing it¡¦ (P.35). If I picture Leona¡¦s face in my mind, it is funny and amusing. A person smiles while he/she yells at other people, and the only reason for the person to do this is for her beauty. Besides adding humor, the author describes food to make readers feel relaxing and comforting and thus, shortly forget the excitements in the story. The author describes the traditional food in the Whistle Stop Cafe in Alabama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on May 6 2003
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Told in anecdote format, including short articles in the local newspaper by Dot Weems, this story focuses on Mrs. Threadgoode, an old lady in a nursing home, looking back on her life in Whistle Stop, Alabama. The cafe run by Idgie and Ruth, women in love with each other, was the focal point of all the little town's life. There's an unsolved murder threaded like a hank of old yarn that runs through the tale, and once you've finished the book, you'll never again feel quite the same about eating southern barbecue.
Fannie Flagg manages in this small book to deal with some of the great literary themes: racism, sexism, ageism, love, disability, death, and grief.
The stories run backwards and forwards in time, just as an old lady's mind does, and sometimes it gets a bit confusing, but it you make a point of checking the date at the top of each entry, you won't get lost.
On top of all that, there are some great recipes at the end, including of course, one for fried green tomatoes. I tried it. Delicious, just like the book itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Milena Nelson on March 10 2003
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a long title for a wonderfully creative and enchanting book. The book is almost like a book within a book because there are actually two stories that are being told throughout. Evelyn Couch, a woman going through a sort of midlife crisis, meets a spry Ninny Threadgoode at a nursing home. Ninny begins to tell Evelyn the story of her hometown of Whistle Stop and the people there, focusing mainly on Idgie and Ruth, who owned the Whistle Stop Cafe. No person was ever shamed for being who they are at the Whistle Stop Cafe; they even served blacks and hobos at a time that that just wasn't done. Fannie Flagg focuses on the intimate nature of the relationship that Idgie and Ruth share, as well as the intimate relationship of Ninny and Evelyn. There are many laughs and even tears between the covers of this wonderful work as the reader is drawn into the world of Whistle Stop. This is a charming book with wonderfully colorful and diverse characters.
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