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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Ballantine Reader's Circle) [Kindle Edition]

Fannie Flagg
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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"The people in Miss Flagg's book are as real as the people in books can
be. If you put an ear to the pages, you can almost hear the characters
speak. The writer's imaginative skill transforms simple, everyday events
into complex happenings that take on universal meanings."

--Chattanooga Times

"This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love
of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten."

--Los Angeles Times

"A sparkling gem."

--Birmingham News

"Watch out for Fannie Flagg. When I walked into the Whistle Stop Cafe she
fractured my funny bone, drained my tear ducts, and stole my heart."

--Florence King, Author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

"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
trains don't stop there anymore."

--Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3218 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Jan. 26 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFAWK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOUTHERN DELIGHT! Dec 7 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fried Green Tomatoes' Review Oct. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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