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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 (496 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The remarkable novel of two Southern friendships--the basis of the hit film--available for the first time in large print.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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."
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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


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2379 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804115613
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (January 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFAWK2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Southern Classic!!!! November 12, 2000
Format:Paperback
Although I saw the movie based on this book several times, its only now 15 years after this book was published that I finally decided to read it. And now that I have gulped down the pages, I'm wondering what took me so long to envelop myself with this delightful book filld with Southern charm. And while it's also safe to say than many readers and viewers are now familiar with the stories about Idgie and Ruth and Ninny and Evelyn, rarely does a book today offer such wonderful and endearing characters and a plot which has you racing to the last page.
While describing a friendship between two women some 60 years before and a present day relationship between a nursing home resident and her loyal visitor, the reader is set off on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Dealing with subects as far reaching as women's liberation, homosexual relationships, rights of minority groups,integration and growing old, Fannie Flagg never fails to entice her readers and allow them to view a slice of American life now sadly gone.
It may have taken me all of this time to finally read a book by Fannie Flagg but if her any other titles are as good as this one, I surely will be in reader's heaven. I already have Welcome to the World, Baby Girl and am eagerly waiting to begin it. Maybe today's the day.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively Simple Story Packs A Southern-Fried Punch October 29, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fannie Flagg's heartwarming stories never fail to entertain, and the characters in this one are some of the most endearing ones in all of Southern lit. The deceptively simple story is told in a witty and light-hearted manner, but delves into such emotionally-charged issues as lesbian relationships, the treatment of minorities, the problems of aging and more in an unforgettable narrative.

The story moves effortlessly between two time frames. The first story begins in the 1920's and centers on Idgie Threadgoode, a female Huck Finn, and her friend Ruth Jamison. Together, they own and operate the cafe which is the center of small-town life in Whistle Stop, Alabama.

The second story begins in 1985 when Evelyn Couch meets Ninny Threadgoode, the now-elderly sister-in-law of Idgie, at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home in Birmingham.

The two stories unfold in a light-hearted, folksy way that puts you into the lives of these poignant charaters and has you longing for the neighborly friendliness of a time long past. Evelyn is, in fact, so touched by Ninny's recollections that she is finally able to take control of her own life through the often hilarious and always inspiring life of Idgie.

For a feel-good read where the inherent goodness of people causes them to carry on through good times and bad, I highly recommend this one.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow...Read This Book February 24, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an excellent read! In 1985 two women meet and develop a frienship. Through this friendship, Ninny Threadgood takes Evelyn Couch on a journey of past times. Ninny, a woman in her eighties, and Evelyn, a middleaged woman, meet often in a nursing home to share treats and conversation. Ninny spins the tale of her home town and it's inhabitants. She tells stories of love and hurt, happiness and hardships. Evelyn who feels lost and uncertain embraces Ninny and the Whistle Stop adventures. The journey is equally important to both women. It allows Ninny to remember and embrace the past and aids Evelyn in creating her future.
The tale is of an old railway town and it's cast of characters. The reader will be swept away into the lives of those that live in Whistle Stop and surrounding area's. This a very funny and touching novel. We witness and experience many hilarious antics and corageous acts of love. Flagg does an excellent job at creating realistic characters with much depth and dimension.
I am so glad that I discovered Fannie Flagg! I highly recommend this book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort! November 21, 2000
Format:Paperback
Although I saw the movie based on this book several times, its only now 15 years after the book was published that I finally decided to read it. And now that I have gulped down the pages, I'm wondering what took me so long to read this book and envelop myself with this delightful book filled wth Southern charm. And while its also safe to say that many readers and movie viewers are now familair with the storis about Idgie, Ruth, Ninnny and Evelyn, rarely does a book today offer such wonderful and endearing characters as does this book. Add to that a plot which has you racing to the last page and sighing when you close the book.
While describing a friendship between two women some 60 years before and a present day relationship between a nursing home resident and her loyal visitor, the reader is set off on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Dealing with subjects as far reaching as women's liberation, homosexual relationships, rights of minority groups and growing old, Fannie Flagg never fails to enitce her readers and allow then to view a slice of American life now sadly gone.
It may have taken me all of this time to finally read a book by Fannie Flagg, but if her other titles are nearly as good as this one, I surely will be in reader's heaven. I recently purchased Welcome to the World, Baby Girl which I'm saving for the proverbial rainy day. I have a feeling it may be coming soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanny Flagg's Best Work
This book represents the Depression Era Deep South in a humorous and compassionate way. I loved all the characters and the deft weaving of plot and personalities. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Jaen Martens
5.0 out of 5 stars well developed characters and no loose ends.
I enjoyed reading this book with it's hybrid cross between modern and historical settings. This is a good read for adults and as usual... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Karen Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Well, first of, the book is rather different to the film, so lower your expectations if you would like to see the film in written form. It is surely more detailed. Read more
Published 13 days ago by José Eduardo
4.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend reading the book before seeing the movie
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because it was hard getting into the story after seeing the movie. I highly recommend reading the book before seeing the movie. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Wendy Olson
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very entertaining
Published 24 days ago by Linda W Yam
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Published 27 days ago by Alex
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Wonderful reading
Published 1 month ago by Diane LMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
It was a great book, one of my favorites. The movie was good the book was awesome!!
Published 1 month ago by Teresa11179
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't get old!
An unusual book that goes back and forth from the 1920s during the depression and then jumps to a nursing home in 1985. It is depressing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I had watched the movie and loved it,but this book is wonderful! It was very interesting and kept me very compelled. I couldn't put it down! Read more
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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. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, and Standing in the Rainbow. Flagg's script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America Awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.

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