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 '30s 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....
©1987 Fannie Flagg (P)2010 Random House Audio
"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)
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
Fried Green Tomatoes connected me to that part that wants to stay closeted, It opens me up to aging, to change, to understanding that life is really big.
Iggy stood for everything without standing for anything.
Iggy was so strong
Say something about yourself!
I loved this book and I loved the movie too. The book is almost as good as The Help or The Kitchen House. I look forward to finding more novels like this.
No, it was for school. I didn't like the story that much.
Make it shorter and in order of time. It drags on at times and jumps around too much.
I liked her accent and the inflictions in her voice. Made it fun/funny.
Idgie! I love her spunk and the wild side of her. I can relate.
I have watched the movie many times, but the book by far, is sooo much better. Of course I am a big fan of Fannie Flagg and love all her books.
Welcome to the World Baby Girl, Standing in the Rainbow... again both are excellent
Just a great book to listen too.
It's your best friend book. I love it!!
If Steel Magnolias was a book... :-)
I laughed, I cried and my husband made fun of me, haha.
I love the movie and I love the book!
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to get into and I didn't want to stop listening. You could see and feel each character! An absolute girl read!
I would listen to it again, not soon, but maybe later on in my life. It's a wonderful story. The whole idea of a pair of lesbians in the deep south in the 20's is just an entertaining story. The orator is very funny with her voice inflections. It's an entertaining listen.
The fact that it's about lesbians.
Lesbians in the early 20th century Alabama. Seriously? Dumb question.
This reader was an older lady and I felt like she was a dear old friend telling me a story!
I really got into the sense of an older lady's mind set
Yes, but wanted it to last longer than that!!
A racist old woman prattles on and on and on in this. Clearly the screenplay only took a tenth of the dialog from this novel
. I enjoyed Lorna Raver narrating Flannery O'Connor stories about rabid racists because the folly of their ignorance and hate either kills them or makes them face it (rubs their nose in it) and they become better people.
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