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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."
"This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love
of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten."
--Los Angeles Times
"A sparkling gem."
"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."
I grew up with the movie, but it doesn't compare to the book. It's beautifully written, and you get to know all the characters more in depth than the movies time frame allowed. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by LadyIreland 87
I really enjoy this writer. She really makes her characters believable, and her description is good as well. I felt like I was right there in the book with the characters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Confusing at the start, but as you progress into the book and experience the author's unique approach to the time line, it evolves into my favorite of all of Fannie Flagg's books. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sandy Denn
There's really nothing like this book for me. It's constantly shifting in time, point of view and setting and yet it all weaves together in a nostalgic, heart-wrenching complete... Read morePublished 7 days ago by SwordsLight
Wonderful, enchanting story of rural America. Acceptance and compassion a key element.Published 9 days ago by Summerthor
Fabulous story. This book is a genuine treasure: unforgettable characters, a fascinating plot, and a colorful setting make for a humorous, poignant, riveting story that you will... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Daniel Burke
As always, the book is so much more revealing than the movie. Absolutely wonderful.Published 12 days ago by mirandasha
My favorite movie ever, and book was second only to "A Land Remembered"!Published 12 days ago by Richard W.