Many of you might be familiar with Fried Green Tomatoes of
the big screen, starring Mary Stuart Masterson and Kathy Bates
(from Dolores Claiborne). If this movie moved you in any way,if
it made you laugh and cry, or it was just something you enjoyed
seeing, then I wholeheartedly recommend the book by Fannie
One of the things that makes it unique is the method Flagg
uses to tell the story of the Alabama town of Whistle Stop. We
hear it in the stories told by an aging Southern belle in a nursing
home to a middle aged, overweight, and just plain bored housewife,
(that's pretty much the medium that was used in movies). You
also get narration from the people these stories are about, and
the way things actually happened.
But what really made me smile was "The Weems Weekly"
the community bulletins of Whistle Stop, spanning some two decades
or more. They were truly hilarious. It was through all this that
I really felt a connection to the characters, seeing them from
so many different spaces.
Fannie Flagg paints a beautiful portrait of how "human"
people are, but this book is not all mushy either. There is plenty
of adventure, intrigue and mystery. And what's a good book without
a great murder scene?
So remember, Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe is
totally worth reading. Check it out, it just might make you smile.
Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
Fawcett Books; ISBN: 0449911357