#LazyLambs Book Club: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

The Lazy Lambs has tackled its third book!

This time we read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg.

9375From 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?

And be sure to check out what Hannah and Diana have to say about the book.

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!

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6 thoughts on “#LazyLambs Book Club: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”

  1. I’ve seen the film more times than I can count. I’ve also read the book. I loved the additional depth the book brought to the characters especially that of Mrs Threadgood. A wonderfully captivating story. Makes me cry every time.

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  2. I found the structure jarring the first time I read the book, mostly because I was a teen and this was one of the first books I read with a non-linear structure. But I really like it, and I think it works in the book’s favor. The film’s, too.

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  3. Finally saw the movie! I thought the structure worked better in the novel, made room for a whole lot more to happen and be tied into the story. It let Whistle Stop be the protagonist and have all these sub-protagonists, while in the movie it’s not really “about” anyone in particular. They did an admirable job condensing a book like that into a serviceable movie, though. Could’ve been a bit more lesbian. 😉

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