Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

It's first the story 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 oc...

Details Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

TitleFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Release DateMay 7th, 2002
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Classics, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

  • Petra-X
    This is a very good book. Solid hardback. I have about 80 copies in the bookshop. 12 of them are supporting the little fridge up to a reasonable height. Two of them are under the cash desk which otherwise would be a bit wobbly. Another 8 (in two's) are against the ends of the four shelves under the galavanise bit of roof where it leaks when it rains hard (not now, post Irma I need a new roof as I have two huge holes in it, so I moved the books) ....
  • Miranda Reads
    If you haven't read this yet - get it now. It's funny, most people can be around someone and they gradually begin to love them and never know exactly when it happened; but Ruth knew the very second it happened to her. It's a love story, a friendship story and so much more. There's survival against the odds, murder, and absolute hilarity. In short - really, truly awesome. Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps a...
  • Brina
    Over the course of this year I have branched out in my reading choices. I have discovered multiple genres that I previously had not read, one of which being southern literature. It is in this regard that I found the writing of Fannie Flagg. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe invites the reader to small town Alabama. Through Flagg's southern charm you feel as though you are a part of the town and its cast of characters. In this light th...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    This book is fluffy. How fluffy?It is as fluffy as floating on cloud while lying on a mattress stuffed with kittens and simultaneously wearing a pink angora jumper and a candy floss hat. This is the sort of book I enjoy when my brain decides to take a day off. But it is lovely and it is likely that even the most po-faced cynics (me) will be drawn into the warm doughy bosom of this story of love, friendship and adversity in 1930s Alabama. The hist...
  • Julie
    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg is a 2002 Random House publication – (originally published in 1987)Many people have seen the movie version of this book. But,as is often the case, the book is a bit different from the movie version. While I enjoyed the movie, and thought it had an excellent cast, I have to say, the book is still better. Evelyn is stuck in a rut, neglected by her husband, going through menopause, tak...
  • Katie
    I really love this movie, but as usual, the book is much better and vastly different. In 1985, two women, Ninny and Evelyn, meet and develop a strong friendship. They share treats and conversation while Ninny spins the story of Whistle Stop and its inhabitants, weaving relationships through generations in an enchanting tale of the Old South. The journey is equally important for both women, allowing Ninny to remember and embrace her past while hel...
  • Dem
    Reading this book was like waking up on a spring morning after a long dreary winter to the sound of the dawn chorus, after a reading slump of a few weeks I really was delighted when this novel came up as a book club read, having read it in 2010 and loved the book I knew enough time had lapsed for me to forget the details of the story but not the wonderful characters.Charming, witty thought proving and endering are all words that come to mind on f...
  • Lynne King
    I saw that a friend was reading this book, loved the cover and blurb and immediately ordered it for my Kindle. When I first started reading it, I thought that it was “insane” but I soon realised what a gem of a book I’d discovered. This has to be the best book I’ve read for a long time and I have no doubt that I’ll continue to look at it many times in the future.Now where to start with this multi-faceted book? I’ve read quite a few ex...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Apparently, this is the tale of an old woman reminiscing to a younger one about her life in a small town in Alabama, and the changes which take place as the American South moves from its racist past to the more inclusive present. It can be read like that, and enjoyed for its simplicity, its easy pace, and engaging characters. But perceptive readers who go beyond the facade will unearth a rich treasure of allegory and metaphor: because in this nov...
  • Erica
    This story is racist as hell.Just in case you were wondering.I'd never been interested in this book or the movie. This wasn't at all my cup of tea when it came out; I was in the middle of my high school career and only reading classics or fantasy and some science fiction. Domestic fiction, especially Southern, was an anathema. I'm not sure why I had this on my Overdrive wish list. Maybe it showed up on its own? Or maybe I've just expanded my read...
  • Lisa
    I feel bad saying it, but I think this is a case where I liked the movie better than I liked the book! The movie had its heartbreaking moments, but one was still left with quite a bit of humor and a general feeling of the significance of living life to the fullest. The book featured many more characters (and tragedies!) than the movie chose to portray, and the sadness of some of the stories dragged down the more humorous parts of the book. I gues...
  • Carol
    An endearing and heartfelt story that just makes you want to take a trip and visit the Whistle Stop Cafe. The movie has always been a favorite of mine, and now the book is too! Just loved it!
  • Gabrielle
    I know I should feel guilty for loving this book as much as I do. I mean, it only has one measly murder, no mad scientist, no bloodshed and it’s not about the end of the world as we know it... But sorry, not sorry: I just love it. “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” is just too damn awesome for me to shelve it with my junk food books. Certainly, it is chick-lit: the little Alabama town is populated by people who are way too nic...
  • Nidhi Singh
    Just had this quirk of making a note of a few words from the book. So here it goes-Blue gums, Miss Fancy, Naughty Bird, Hogs, Catfish, Blue jays, Whistle Stop, Alabama, Pink Cadillac, Boots, Opal, Dumplings, Fried chicken, Willie Boy, Blue Polka, Flower girl, Dill Pickle Club. Now as much as I loved this book, there are a few things that struck me as peculiar. The understated homosexuality of the lead pair; how could it be so readily accepted by ...
  • Jenny Baker
    This book was one of a dozen or so books that I added to my TBR when I first joined Goodreads in January of 2013. It's also one of my favorite movies, so it's a shame that I'm just now reading the book. The audiobook narrator did a fantastic job giving different voices to the characters. The movie played in my head the entire time, except for a few parts that weren't in the movie. I loved this book so much!
  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
    “You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.” After catching the movie on Netflix, I was bitten by the reading bug and decided to hunt this one down, see how it holds up, what’s different and what’s better.I found it to be a charming book of friendship and personal growth. Told mainly through the stories of Mrs. Threadgoode in the nursing home, she goes back and forth between memories, from dull things like he...
  • Francesca
    This book is a master class in writing a novel. First of all you have a solid story which takes you down the path and never wanders too far. Every element adds to the story, none of the side plots or extra details take anything away, they just keep adding to it. Secondly you have a cast of wonderful characters who are three dimensional and real. None of the characters feel unnecessary and they all add to the over all feeling of the book. There ar...
  • Nick
    Evelyn Couch, an empty-nester woman who is unable to find meaning in her life, finds personal strength and a new zest for living through the stories and friendship of Mrs. Threadgoode, a nursing home resident. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is essentially about the relationships of two sets of women—Evelyn and Mrs. Threadgoode in the present (1980s) and Idgie and Ruth in the past. At the start of the novel, Evelyn has no purpose...
  • Pradnya K.
    It was such a lovely story! I enjoyed it since beginning to the end. Now it's over, I'd watch the movie soon. I thought of a few of my girl friends while reading it. Without realising, we help each other. Quite often it's just few kind words that we need. To know that someone believes in you, someone roots for you and encourage you - it helps us trudge through. Or simply not go crazy. That's how I'll summarize Ninny Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch's...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    My Goodreads friend just read this book...I'm having memories of it ---AND the wonderful movie!
  • Ed
    I enjoyed reading this multi-generational Southern story set in Alabama. I saw the 1991 movie version starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy at the cinema although I don't remember much about it except I also liked it. The novel's vibrant cast of characters (especially the strong female leads) appealed to me. The dishes served at the Whistle Stop Café also sound delicious.
  • Paakhi Srivastava
    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a unique book. It has an interesting plot, lots of black humor, a rapid to and fro journey between two completely different spaces and times, glimpses of history and some wonderful characters. Let me take you through each of these:The plot of the story is mundane that grows poignant as one reads through it. Evelyn is an empty nester, menopausal, overweight, neglected wife who meets the 86 years old...
  • Obsidian
    The problem most of the time is the book is better than the movie. In this case, I found the movie to be better than the book.I think the fact that book jumped around a lot made it a bit hard to follow. And the ending was definitely bittersweet with so many characters who had lived with each other for decades who ended up moving on when their little town started to die. I guess this book made me a bit homesick and sad, since I see my hometown goi...
  • Marieke
    My reading of this book has a weird story that goes with it. In 1989 my grandmother came to stay with me while my mom was traveling somewhere for a chunk of time. I don't know where or for how long, but that's immaterial. I was a senior in high school and there was this little "women's bookstore" a couple of towns away, meaning I could find lesbian stuff, which was highly sought after by my newly-out pre-internet self. There were other stores on ...
  • Mary-ellen
    This was a heartwarming book with loads of charm and character. An older Ninny recounts the goings on of those who worked at and frequented the Whistle Stop Cafe to a disenchanted middle-aged Evelyn. While the stories are being relayed by Ninny in the 1980s, the events she narrates relate to the 1930s, so the book jumps back and forth between the two narratives. The events narrated by Ninny are episodic, so the Whistle Stop part almost reads like...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    Initial thoughts:I am still processing this one. Overall, I really liked it, especially the Ruth/Idgie partly (which is blatantly romantic--it's stated that they are in love with each other, and that Idgie, at least, sleeps with women). It isn't necessarily one I would recommend lightly, though, mostly for the depiction of black people. It may be realistic to have characters who grew up in the 20s talk about stereotypes of "colored people," but t...
  • Miquel Reina
    Well, I have to start saying that I start reading this book because Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies of all times and I don't ashamed of saying it! :D So when I started to read the book I have a strange feeling of re-discovering the story of Whistle Stop Cafe. The book characters are more defined and the plot is much more rich and long. In the book, you can discover not only new characters but also new parts of their lives. I hav...
  • Book Concierge
    Abridged audiobook narrated by the authorUnabridged audio performed by Lorna Raver.When Evelyn accompanies her husband to the nursing home to visit an ailing relative, she meets Mrs Threadgood. As their friendship progresses, Ninny tells Evelyn about Ruth and Idgie and the Whistle Stop Café, and the time Idgie was tried for murdering a man.This is actually the third time I’ve read this book and I love just as much now as I did the first time. ...
  • Brian
    This is a delightful novel, peopled with characters that leap off the page and stick with you after you have closed the cover of the book. I actually miss some of the characters from "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe", and that has only happened to me a few times in my reading life.I am not going to get into the rehash that many of these reviews seem to focus on about this novel not being like the movie. For the record, I love the fi...
  • Suzy
    I listened to a newly issued audio recording of this book last summer on one of my trips from Minnesota to Illinois. I felt like I spent a week in 1930's and 1980's Alabama and I hated when the book came to an end. I love Fannie Flagg books and I really enjoy listening to them, although many of her audio books have only been issued in abridged versions. At first I was disappointed that this unabridged version was not read by Fannie herself (she's...