Book Recommendation: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Good Morning Everyone,
Today’s post covers my book review of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, commonly known by the film Fried Green Tomatoes. Alright, let’s get into it!
Four and a half very heartfelt stars for this book!
Everyone’s seen the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, but after I watched it last time, I just had to read the book. Man am I glad I did!
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is an extraordinary piece of fiction centering on the lives of the citizens of a town called Whistle Stop during the Great Depression. Much like the film, it centers primarily around the lives of the Threadgoode family and the hardships they faced over the course of their lives. This book also centers on the life of Evelyn Couch, a housewife in her forties who feels like she’s missed out on life.
When Evelyn and her husband visit her mother-in-law at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, she meets an old woman Ninny by chance, who has a knack for telling stories about a nearby town called Whistle Stop.
Through Ninny’s stories of love, loss, and perseverance, Evelyn finds a new will to live, and a friendship she will always cherish.
I have to say, I was hesitant to read this book. I don’t typically read this genre of book (I love my thriller and horror stories). Also, I’ve seen the film version at least twenty or so times, and I loved it so much I didn’t want to ruin it by reading the book. But much like the film, this book had heart in spades.
All the great moments from the movie were there, from Ruth and Idgie’s beecharming scene, to the riveting courtroom scene. And of course, Towanda!
The best part about this book to me was that Evelyn found a new will to live through Ninny and her stories. The writing reached out to you and you felt it just like Evelyn did that things were going to get better. She really lives for Ninny’s stories and takes the best lessons from them.
I felt like this book touched me, much like it did Evelyn’s character. Sometimes you just need a book with a positive message.
If I could change anything about this book, I would possibly cut down some of the more minor characters and their adventures just by a small bit. From time to time, their stories seemed more like a detour, and that kind of killed the flow for me here and there. But those moments are few and far between.
As I lovingly place this book on my bookshelf at home, I know I made a great decision by reading this book. It was riveting, heartfelt, and inspirational. Definitely worth a read!
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Have a great day everyone!