2014: 57. Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe

"The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to the post office, and owners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been as good as ever."

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg

TOWANDA! Oh my lord, re-reading this book was so so nostalgic.  Not so much for the book itself (which I definitely read when I was a kid), but for the movie, which is reminds me so much of being in junior high (oooh and having a crush on Chris O'Donnell).  It gave me such a cosy feeling, re-reading the book.  And the book and movie are pretty close - the movie is a little less lesbian-y (but still lesbiany), but otherwise, it's great. 

The story, in case you live under a rock, is two fold.  A middle aged woman named Evelyn Crouch (that would be Kathy Bates in the movie) makes friends with a little old lady named Ninny Threadgoode (that would be Jessica Tandy) who tells her stories of her life, and especially her two friends Idgie and Ruth (the two Marys - Stuart Masterson and Louise Parker), and all their exploits in the small Southern town of Whistle Stop Alabama.  And there is love, and loss, and racism and murder, and lesbians, and all sorts of lovely things.  And it's a change of pace in my reading, as this is an American charming book - but not too much of a change.  But next time I need to have a big stack of comfort reading (like, maybe in four weeks when I go back to the hospital) I will got to the library and amass a pile of Flagg, because it was such a trip to read this one.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017