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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe [Mass Market Paperback]

Fannie Flagg
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Oct. 31 2000
Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel 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 good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again. . . .

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE! Jan. 10 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 better than the movie. Flagg has a way with words in this book that left me and my mother in tears. Read and you wont be sorry!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep-fried Southern book with heart June 7 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Yet I can count on one hand the books that stay with me forever. McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD comes to mind with its ultimate Southernisms and commentary on today's society, family dysfunction, etc. Then there's DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA which everyone knows and loves. STEEL MAGNOLIAS is another. And last but not least (actually should have been first in line) --------FRIED GREEN TOMATOES. FGT is by far, for me, THE Southern book. I adore the movie, but if you really want to get to the heart of great Southern writing, you'll want to read the book. In this light-hearted novel, we join Ninny Thredgoode as she reminices her past at the Whistle Stop. There, we join the unforgettable characters in their pranks, their heroism, their ordeals, and of course their joys and sadness. We are taught one simple lesson through the author's unique way of storytelling - to be contented and embrace whatever life has to offer. After finishing the book, I find myself thinking of Ruth, Idgie, Big George and crowd and wish that i could have known them. If you want an excellent read that will warm your heart, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flagg this one for reading March 6 2005
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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. Think of Lee with her "To Kill a Mockingbird," or McCrae with his "Children's Corner," harrowing, shocking, funny, and above all, well-written. Enter FGT by Flagg. Possibly THE southern book. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle stop cafe is a wonderful story. I would have to say even better than the movie. The story takes place in two different times. The 1920's and the 1980's. This book shows characteristics of personality that has grown cold to the American culture. Such as true love and devotion, Loyal friendship, and selfless ness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great ! June 4 2004
This book is about life in the early 1900s and life in the 80s. It's bout how no matter when you are alive you have to deal with the same types of situations. This story stays true to the south. The relationship between Idgie and Ruth is so inspiring. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a good laugh and a good cry. I personally enjoyed this book because it gives you a lot of life's lessons in a small book.
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Entertaining. Differs from the movie. More story lines and characters, like most books later made into movies. There is less emphasis on the mystery of the murder than the movie portrayed and more on the weaving of relationships through the generations. Idgie is more lesbian (nothing graphic) and more of a strong hero. The writing is good but not really of a the class of Southern writing of others of this generation. Enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 403 pages of greatness Sept. 21 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'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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5.0 out of 5 stars A SOUTHERN DELIGHT! Dec 7 2011
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This story begins in the 1980s with two women who meet in the waiting room at the
Rose Terrace Nursing Home in Birmingham, Alabama. Mrs. Ninny(Virginia) Threadgoode is a wise and charming lady who resides in the nursing home. Evelyn Couch is a middle-aged woman, who comes weekly with her husband to visit her mother-in- law, Big Momma. She doesn't have very much patience with her mother-in-law and so she leaves and goes to the waiting room. It is there that she meets Mrs. Threadgoode.

Mrs. Threadgoode begins by going back in time and telling Evelyn about her life in the 1930s in Whistle Stop, Alabama, where they have one cafe named The Whistle Stop Cafe, one convenience store and one Bulletin called The Weems Weekly written by Dot Weems.

Evelyn, at first, is not interested in listening to Mrs. Threadgoode's life history, as she has her own problems. She is in her mid forties, overweight and generally unhappy with her life. She is very naive and not able to adapt to the changes in life. One would say that she is stuck in time and old-fashioned. She is also bored and can't seem to fit in. Because she is so miserable, she uses food as a way of coping. She fills up on chocolate bars, ice cream and of course, gains more weight.

Every week, Mrs. Threadgoode continues with her story back in Whistle stop and Evelyn is beginning to show interest. She tells her about The Whistle Stop Cafe where all the folks meet and talk about the goings-on in the town. The Cafe is owned and run by two women, Idgie and her best friend Ruth. The cooking is done by two black women and Big George makes the barbecue. This is rare with racism going on in the South.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hold out for the movie
I purchased this book because I liked the movie. I have to say, the screenwriters definitely improved upon this book. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2011 by Mari Kath
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the South
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 more
Published on Jan. 3 2005 by Darien McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best---and that's pretty darn good
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 more
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Anyone interested in literature and especially GREAT southern literature, must read this book. FGT, along with Jackson McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood" and many of... Read more
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It sounds cliche to say, "I laughed, I cried--two thumbs up," and all too frequently that phrase is applied to books and movies that don't deserve it, but in this case I... Read more
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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. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by Maricela
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This is Fannie Flagg's BEST book! I didn't want the book to end! This is more an adult type book, but I read it anyways. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book
I just couldn't put this book down. Some parts were funny and some were heart-wrenching, but either way I really enjoyed it. My friend also read it and felt the same way. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by P. Stinson
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