Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe
By Fannie Flagg
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780804115612, 416pp.)
Publication Date: October 31, 2000
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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. . . .
Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. Her first novel, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, was a New York Times bestseller as was Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes. Ms. Flagg's script was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America Awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Her current acclaimed novel, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, is also a New York Times bestseller.
"A REAL NOVEL AND A GOOD ONE . . . [FROM] THE BUSY BRAIN OF A BORN STORYTELLER."
--The New York Times
"IT'S VERY GOOD, IN FACT, JUST WONDERFUL."
--Los Angeles Times
"COURAGEOUS AND WISE."
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