The Lazy Lambs has tackled its third book!
This time we read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg.
From Goodreads: “It’s first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women — of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.”
I’d seen the movie a few times before, but hadn’t read the book yet, so picking it up and giving it a read-through was interesting. There are some definite differences in the story, but the thing that was catching my attention the most just now was the format of the book.
Evelyn’s story is woven largely around her interactions with Mrs. Threadgoode, and Mrs. Threadgoode’s story is woven around the story of Idgie and Ruth’s relationship. Interspersed with their stories are “The Weems Weekly” a newsletter that helps round out some of the other character in the story – the town of Whistle Stop.
I admire the way that the story is woven together – the book is very non-linear, jumping around in time from chapter to chapter. Normally that kind of structure can be very disconcerting, but it was done very well. Each segment related to the ones around it, and all together they wove a great story — a story that really is about the characters and their relationships.
My question for discussion on this book is What do you think of the structure of the story?
Our next book is going to be The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow. Which we’ll discuss some time around the end of December!