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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 wanted to check several moods...light-hearted and suspenseful were other moods I felt as I read the book...loved reading about the years that I grew up in.Published 11 days ago by stringbean
Love this story (and the movie based on it!) Strong female characters weaved around different story lines. Wonderful book to get lost in!Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well let me just say that the book is always better than the movie. So what can I add except buy all Fannie Flaggs books. I own all hard copies and now all on my Kindle fire. Read morePublished 29 days ago by pgk
SOOO disappointed!! I was expecting it to be better than the movie but it was such a let-down :( DEFINITELY liked the movie better...the book is slow and boring :(Published 1 month ago by ERICA L MATHEWSON
The story was a little confusing to understand at first but once someone starts asking you questions about it you realize that you understood it the whole time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frederick Fisher
A very good read. A multi faceted book that truly is a reminder of the American culture - well-drawn characters, wit, good eating, race, friendship, revenge, homosexuality and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monina Ambrozewski