I just finished reading Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. This was a great movie. It is also a great book. If you’ve already seen the movie you don’t need to shy away from the book.
While the book and the movie are obviously very similar, the book has so many more details. The story goes back and forth between current times and the 1920’s and forward. You hear from the voices and perspectives of many different characters. I loved how the book showed loving, family-like relationships between white people and black people in the 1930’s… how each would literally put their lives on the line for one another.
This book was very well written. I enjoyed every moment of it.
Goodreads describes the book:
It’s first the story 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.
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