Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
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Tall tales, acts of simple courage, everyday heroism and love abound in this funny, high-spirited, unabashedly sentimental book. Flagg manages to treat her characters with both outrageous humor and solid affection--a rare combination that makes for great fun.
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Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a now-classic novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present will never be quite the same again.
 
Praise for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
 
“A real novel and a good one [from] the busy brain of a born storyteller.”—The New York Times
 
“Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved [the Threadgoodes] in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure.”—Harper Lee
 
“This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Funny and macabre.”—The Washington Post
 
“Courageous and wise.”—Houston Chronicle


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About Fannie Flagg

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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. Her first novel, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, was a New York Times bestseller as was Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes. Ms. Flagg's script was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America Awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Her current acclaimed novel, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, is also a New York Times bestseller.
 
Published January 26, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 522 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Romance, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 30 1987

Tall tales, acts of simple courage, everyday heroism and love abound in this funny, high-spirited, unabashedly sentimental book. Flagg manages to treat her characters with both outrageous humor and solid affection--a rare combination that makes for great fun.

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Above average
Reviewed by Karen Tay on Feb 28 2013

What I love about this novel, which sparkles with a really wicked, dark sense of humour, isn't the recipe for fried green tomatoes...but the fact that the author managed to write a novel based around a lesbian relationship without actually having the whole book be about that relationship, if you get what I mean.

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AnnArbor.com

Good
Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Aug 02 2010

You may like this book if…you enjoy warm-hearted Southern characters; you want to plunge deep into the ambiguous and touching relationships that women hold...You may not like this book if…you have difficulty keeping up with intricate casts of characters...

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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Jul 26 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is an engrossing tale told in different voices...Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is an endearing story and a classic. Like Evelyn, any of us will be the better for reading it.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Lori L on May 04 2010

In a heartwarming, endearing style, Flagg not only captures a feeling of warm, Southern hospitality through her characters, she also manages to touch on some hot issues, but does this with such grace and charm that few could take offense...Stories in both time frames are equally engaging...Very Highly Recommended

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Reviewed by Vivienne Dacosta on Mar 19 2010

You grow to love the many characters within this book very quickly. They are all warm hearted and caring...This book is full of strong women, who are taking back their lives and making things happen. They all have strong identities and do not suffer fools gladly...I truly loved this book and it is definitely one I would read again and again.

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