Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, 1987

I discovered this fresh, delightful novel thanks to my dearest darling. He MADE me watch the movie and we noticed that it was the adaptation of a novel.

The incredible friendship between Evelyn, a 48 years old woman who’s profoundly depressed and the chatty Mrs Threadgood takes us back and forth from the 30’s in a small railroad station village and the 80’s in a big city. The main character is definitely Idgie Threadgood who influences the life of so many people includes Evelyn’s. Mrs Threadgood is telling us about the racism, domestic violence, the forbidden love story between two women, disabilities with such a naive and innocent tone that the reflection its causes doesn’t bring you down. On the contrary, it leaves you full of hope. Sometimes though, Mrs Threadgood can sound a little bit patronizing towards the “colored people” as she calls them, but the reader has to remember that she is a product of the 30’s in a Southern State where the Ku Klux Klan has been all mighty for decades… A little condescension is probably the most progressist attitude a white could have toward a black at that time.

This book really is a big breath of fresh air that you will literally devour in no time time (most of the latest editions contain the recipes served at the Whistle Stop Cafe, I can’t wait to try the pecan pie one)


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