Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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An American classic resplendent with the charm, grace, and grit of all good southern literature, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" is Fannie Flagg's enduring tale of the beloved folks who live in a small Alabama town. At its center are some truly remarkable women, connected by a place and a generosity of spirit grounded in family, good friends, and good food. The story begins in 1985 with the friendship between shy, middle-aged Evelyn Couch, sadly aware she's gotten "lost along the way," and Ninny Threadgoode, an eighty-seven-year-old resident of the Rose Terrace Nursing Home in Birmingham. Evelyn soaks up the older woman's stories of Whistle Stop, Alabama, where Ninny's irrepressible sister-in-law Idgie and Idgie's friend Ruth ran a cafe-the center of life in this small town. Indeed, it is the story of wild, wonderful Idgie, and her big sense of humor and bigger heart, that give Evelyn the courage to find her own happiness.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 121.9 x 149.9 x 15.2mm | 90.72g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 073934353X
  • 9780739343531
  • 1,338,092

Review quote

"The people in Miss Flagg's book are as real as the people in books can be. If you put an ear to the pages, you can almost hear the characters speak. The writer's imaginative skill transforms simple, everyday events into complex happenings that take on universal meanings." --"Chattanooga Times" "This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten." --"Los Angeles Times" "A sparkling gem." --"Birmingham News" "Watch out for Fannie Flagg. When I walked into the Whistle Stop Cafe she fractured my funny bone, drained my tear ducts, and stole my heart." --"Florence King, Author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady" "Admirers of the wise child in Flagg's first novel, Coming Attractions, will find her grown-up successor, Idgie, equally appealing. The book's best character, perhaps, is the town of Whistle Stop itself--too bad tshow more

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Read by Fannie Flagg Two Cassettes, 2 hours **Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Recording** Here is a folksy and funny, endearing and affecting, southern-fried tale about two very special friendships - now available in Price-Less! In a small town near Birmingham sits the Whistle Shop Cafe, a place alive with the hungry, the heartbroken, the righteous and the garrulous. The cafe is owned by sweet, patient Ruth, and by Idgie, irresistibly big-hearted and big-mouthed. Their story is remembered, years later, in the Rose Terrace Nursing Home. As elderly Cleo Threadgoode chats with her visitor - the over-stuffed, overwrought, menopausal Evelyn Couch - she casts a hypnotic narrative spell: honeysuckle vines and custard pies; births, deaths and marriages; sorrow and laughter; an occasional murder - and even the recipe for fried green tomatoes. And as the past reaches into the present, the Whistle Sop Cafe touches the one thing missing from her existence: life.show more

About Fannie Flagg

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. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; and A Redbird Christmas. Flagg’s script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy® and Writers Guild of America awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.show more

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208,609 ratings
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4 37% (77,152)
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2 2% (4,237)
1 1% (1,185)
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