Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Book - 1988
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The tale of two women: the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, back in the thirties. Their southern-style cafe offered good barbecue, good coffee, and all kinds of love and laughter--not to mention an occasional murder.
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, 1988, c1987.
Edition: 1st McGraw-Hill paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780070212572
Branch Call Number: FLAG
Characteristics: 403p. cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
AndreaG_KCMO Apr 22, 2020

I knew very little about this book and grew...concerned, I guess, throughout the first dozen chapters. The frame story is set in the eighties and partially narrated by an elderly white woman recalling the first half of the twentieth century in a poor Alabama town. So many concerns.

I maintain some of those reservations but allowed myself to enjoy a story that demonstrates surprisingly progressive ideals by the Threadgoode family and an awakening feminist perspective by the frame narrator, a forty-something empty nester questioning her place in society. Overall, a funny and thoughtful read.

Aug 05, 2019

This is an excellent novel.

Jul 03, 2019

Funny and endearing. I loved it.

Oct 03, 2018

Recommended by Michelle B. I liked this book more and more as I read it. It is a folksy story told by Mrs. Threadgoode who tells her life story to Evelyn, a rather depressed and bored woman of middle age. Mrs. T brings her childhood town of Whistle Stop, Alabama to life through her reminiscences and in particular we learn about 2 women who fell in love and eventually ran the Whistle Stop cafe. Full of humanity and characters who are multi faceted.

Jun 05, 2018

Being a southern girl, it reminded me of home (Texas). I would listen to my grandmother tell her stories about her youthful days, neighbors & family. I remember a picture she showed me where the "cousin" had a long neck; therefore, she was called "giraffe". I would eat those recipes found in the back of the book. I definitely recommend the BACON fat to fry in...sooo good. Watching the movie next.

I have so much love for this book, be it the tall tales, barbecue, or the proud and powerful women who got things done. There are difficult turns in this story too, since it never shies away from the language and racial violence of the times, but somehow Fannie Flagg keeps it from being overly heavy as she highlights the complicated relationships that were no doubt present during the Depression. I really enjoyed Fannie Flagg's storytelling!

SaraLovesBooks Jan 23, 2017

I really love this book. The story is told in a non-traditional way, with one story in a linear style, and the other one going back and forth through time, as storytellers are wont to do. It is an incredibly touching story that shows the multitude of relationships between women and family. The book is touching, humorous, and irreverent within the backdrop of dark realities such as the KKK and racism in the south.

Nov 17, 2016

A wonderful read that takes us back to the South in the positive ways of hospitality and negative ways of Klan visits.

LPL_ShirleyB Feb 19, 2016

Fannie Flagg has written many wonderful and funny books, but this one is her most loved! The characters connect with powerful bonds of love and friendship, confronting challenges like ageism, racism, poverty and low self-esteem. The story moves quickly and shifts perspectives back and forth from contemporary time to the Depression era. The most loveable heroine is a tomboy in the 1930s, but if she were here now she would be a proud lesbian. Also check out the excellent dramatic & funny movie version!

robhoma Aug 23, 2014

Read the book. Watch the movie. Both are great but different in their own ways. Both stories stand true to the theme of the novel in honoring nontraditional Southern families before television had homogenized society.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
May 30, 2008

Ringwood thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Find it at MAPL

To Top