Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

About the book

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. Best friends.

Reviewed by Yateley and District Reading Group:

All the readers of this group enjoyed the book. The way it was written was good. The characters were very real and the story in parts were quite comical. We felt the ending was rather tame. On the whole, a very good read.

Star rating: ****

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16 thoughts on “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg”

  1. Review by The Museum Book Group:
    A slow start but after that a real page turner, real characters and surprising plot. We got a real feel for Alabama from the late 1920s to the late 1980s.
    Points of discussion.
    1. The relations of whites to the black population (the Ku Klux Klan)
    2. Poverty in the depression
    3. Tolerance of behaviour and relationships
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by New Forest – Waterside U3A Theatre and Literature Reading Group:
    A beautifully crafted novel which demands to be read right through. The main plot, the story of the enduring love of two women, Idgie and Ruth, enfolded in the growing love and affection between Ninny Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch runs smoothly on a plethora of sub-plots. Read and you will come to know a cast of characters with a humorous take on life, great loyalty to their small community and an earthy morality which engenders a real respect for people as people. Read and you will laugh with them and agonise with them.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Milford Reading Group:
    Wonderful characters, well defined and utterly believable. Splendid picture of life in Alabama from 1900s to late 90s including racial prejudice. Important to read and understand the dates of the chapters and the person telling the story. All agreed, a very good read.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI:
    Heart warming. Readable. Period brought to life. Social history excellent. Good to see blacks treated sympathetically.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Hawkley Book Group:
    The book was completed by all members with a mixed reception ranging from a beautiful story that touched the reader, to oh no not another southern American women’s story! Probably would not read another by the same author.
    Star rating: **+

  6. Review by Anton U3A:
    Amusing, different structure, refreshing; small chapters found to be enjoyable. Dot Weems comments succinct and amusing. Showed Evelyn’s transformation from being down-trodden to a person in her own right. characters all sympathetically portrayed.
    Star rating: ****

  7. Review by Ladies Who Lunch Reading Group:
    We all loved this book!! Masses to talk bour, great characterisation, full of humour, sadness and very though provoking. Highly Recommended.
    Star rating: ****

  8. Review by Wednesday reading Group:
    The majority of the group thoroughly enjoyed this book. One member even tried some of the recipes! Some lovely charter vignettes. Local colour well portrayed. The weekly Gazette was a treasure.
    Star Rating: ***/****

  9. Review by October Book Club:
    In general people enjoyed this book, with 2 storylines being carefully interwoven. However, we found the view of Alabama in the 30s rather sentimentalised with the poverty and racism not being fully brought out. In some ways Evelyn’s story was the more interesting one.
    Star rating: **

  10. Review by Reading Enthusiasts:
    Easy reading. Not a book that engrossed us. It was funny in parts but we felt there was no substance to the book and we thought there was no point. We would not recommend this book to another book club.
    Star rating: **

  11. Review by Oakham Reading Group:
    A good read, enjoyed by all. Covered many of the social aspects of the day in a very light and pleasant way – making you ‘think’ without being depressive.
    Star rating: ****

  12. Review by Fareham Library 5:30 Reading Group:
    This is a gentle story about a little community – with a lot of characters (we’d suggest you make a list as you read it, as the book flits about). Some of us liked the structure of the book, as it moves around in time and place, but others didn’t. There were some lovely characters – too many? We found ourselves still shocked at how blacks were treated in the States.
    Rating: ***

  13. Review by Elderberries WI Group Lee-on-the-Solent
    A very detailed description of life in a small US state between 1900 and 1960 with an emphasis on the life of black people, life during the Depression and womens’ lives.
    Very interesting to all the group.
    Star rating: ***

  14. Review by Happy Bookers
    We loved it! The narrative flowed, moving back and forth through historical events and drawing the reader into the story. Once the book was started it was difficult to put it down. The characters are larger than life but are still believable. Even though some of the subject matter could be bleak it is a feel good book of the truest nature.
    **** 4 stars

  15. Review by Blank Books
    Different format made reading a struggle – lots of flashbacks, overtones of racial troubles and unfair discrimination. but overall the support and harmony of a small community who looked after each other. Lovely descriptions and names of some of the characters.
    Star rating; ***

  16. Review by Elson Readers
    99% absolutely loved it. Well written, funny, human and a comfortable read.
    Star rating: ****

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