Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe : [a novel]

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Ballantine Books, 2000 - Fiction - 402 pages
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... "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!" --Harper Lee, Author ofTo Kill a Mockingbird "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 "Funny and macabre." --The Washington Post "Courageous and wise." --Houston Chronicle
 

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Kept me turning pages for an entire transatlantic flight, so that's a huge win right there: funny yet rich prose, warm characters, a mystery whose resolution I didn't remember even though I've seen ... Read full review

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It took me a bit to get into this book. It was hard for me to relate to the characters with the jumping back and forth between time periods. However, once I got used to the flow and recognized all of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
13
Section 4
14
Section 5
21
Section 6
26
Section 7
36
Section 8
43
Section 21
236
Section 22
243
Section 23
248
Section 24
254
Section 25
261
Section 26
268
Section 27
277
Section 28
287

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
160
Section 18
167
Section 19
180
Section 20
202
Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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About the author (2000)

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.

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