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The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us. You could get eggs, grits, bacon, ham, coffee and a smile for 25 cents. Ruth was just the sweetest girl you ever met. And Idgie? She was a character, all right. You never saw anyone so headstrong. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery. It will lift your spirits and above all it'll remind you of the secret to life: friends.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099143710
ISBN-10: 0099143712
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 33mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Apr-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » A middle-aged housewife has her stagnant life reshaped by an inspiring octogenarian, who recounts the story of the women who ran the Whistle Stop Cafe in Whistle Stop, Alabama, in the 1930s. Food, friendship and murder combine to make this an entertaining and comic novel which was made into a hugely popular film by Jon Avnet in 1992, starring the late Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Former Candid Camera writer Flagg (Coming Attractions, 1981) has written a hilarious, heartwarming novel about the practical uses of nostalgia and the healing power of community spirit. At 48, Evelyn Couch "had gotten lost somewhere along the way." By the time she had second thoughts about the Vietnam War, "Jane Fonds had already moved on to her exercise class." When she joined a consciousness-raising group, "the woman suggested that next week they bring a mirror so they could all study their vaginas, and she never went back." Overweight, menopausal and suicidal, Evelyn visits her mother-in-law at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, and there encounters 86-year-old, purple-haired Cleo Threadgoode (coiffed by a midget because "I love a midget"). The two became friends. Cleo chats about her life in the 1930's, when she was part of a huge, extended family that centered around the Whistle Stop Cafe, a barbecue joint at a railroad stop near Birmingham, Alabama. Cleo's old gang included beautiful, gentle Ruth and her blonde, trouser-wearing companion Idgie; Ruth's one-armed son Stump; gossip-monger Dottle Weems; and an assortment of tramps, bad girls, do-gooders and rascals. They all become so real to Evelyn that she takes Cleo's memories of the Whistle Stop folk into her own heart and, fortified by them, forsakes Mars Bars for carrot sticks, eventually finding fulfillment selling Mary Kay cosmetics. 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. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at the age of nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films and the theatre. She is the author of many bestsellers including Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! and A Redbird Christmas. 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. She lives in Alabama and California.

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