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Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
1997
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Awards
1991 - American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) Award nominee
1992 - American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) Award honor book
Characters
Idgie Threadgoode (Female), Cafe owner, Tomboy
Ruth Jamison (Female), Cafe owner, Married, Abused
Genre
Southern fiction
Cinematization
Fiction
Topics
Female friendship
Small town life
Reminiscences
Lesbians
Setting
Alabama - South (U.S.)
Time Period
1930s -- 20th century
1980 -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

As she listens to nursing home resident Ninnie Threadgoode tell stories of Whistle Stop, AL, in the 1930s, Evelyn decides to make positive life changes that lift her out of a midlife crisis. VERDICT Though this story of small-town characters may appear quaint, it packs great emotional punch, fearlessly touching on issues ranging from racism to depression. The storytelling never wavers, and bittersweet events are laced with gentle humor. A modern novel with the feel of a classic. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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.'' (November) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again...<br> <br> "Airplanes and television have removed the Threadgoodes from the Southern scene. Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved a whole community of them in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure. Idgie Threadgoode is a true original: Huckleberry Finn would have tried to marry her!"<br> --Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird <br> <br> "A real novel and a good one... [from] the busy brain of a born storyteller."<br> -- The New York Times <br> <br> "It's very good, in fact, just wonderful."<br> -- Los Angeles Times <br> <br> "Funny and macabre."<br> -- The Washington Post <br> <br> "Courageous and wise."<br> -- Houston Chronicle
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