Recommended by Michelle B. I liked this book more and more as I read it. It is a folksy story told by Mrs. Threadgoode who tells her life story to Evelyn, a rather depressed and bored woman of middle age. Mrs. T brings her childhood town of Whistle Stop, Alabama to life through her reminiscences and in particular we learn about 2 women who fell in love and eventually ran the Whistle Stop cafe. Full of humanity and characters who are multi faceted.
Being a southern girl, it reminded me of home (Texas). I would listen to my grandmother tell her stories about her youthful days, neighbors & family. I remember a picture she showed me where the "cousin" had a long neck; therefore, she was called "giraffe". I would eat those recipes found in the back of the book. I definitely recommend the BACON fat to fry in...sooo good. Watching the movie next.
I have so much love for this book, be it the tall tales, barbecue, or the proud and powerful women who got things done. There are difficult turns in this story too, since it never shies away from the language and racial violence of the times, but somehow Fannie Flagg keeps it from being overly heavy as she highlights the complicated relationships that were no doubt present during the Depression. I really enjoyed Fannie Flagg's storytelling!
I really love this book. The story is told in a non-traditional way, with one story in a linear style, and the other one going back and forth through time, as storytellers are wont to do. It is an incredibly touching story that shows the multitude of relationships between women and family. The book is touching, humorous, and irreverent within the backdrop of dark realities such as the KKK and racism in the south.
A wonderful read that takes us back to the South in the positive ways of hospitality and negative ways of Klan visits.
Fannie Flagg has written many wonderful and funny books, but this one is her most loved! The characters connect with powerful bonds of love and friendship, confronting challenges like ageism, racism, poverty and low self-esteem. The story moves quickly and shifts perspectives back and forth from contemporary time to the Depression era. The most loveable heroine is a tomboy in the 1930s, but if she were here now she would be a proud lesbian. Also check out the excellent dramatic & funny movie version!
Read the book. Watch the movie. Both are great but different in their own ways. Both stories stand true to the theme of the novel in honoring nontraditional Southern families before television had homogenized society.
Another Bravo for Fannie Flagg. Two women meet in a nursing home. One is visiting. One is a resident. Evelyn befriends Mrs. Threadgood, together they review their lives. Mrs. Threadgood finds her way home, and Evelyn finds her way forward using lessons learned from Mrs. Threadgood. The people in both their lives are well drawn and can teach us many life lessons about kindness to ourselves and others.
Even though I had watched the movie before, I still really enjoyed this novel. It was sweet, quirky, funny and just a good dose of southern comfort. My only (minor) beef I had was the switching around and sequence of narratives-but it strangely didn't deter too much. I really want to try some of the recipes for southern cooking!
Fannie Flagg is definitely a storyteller. In the style of Garrison Keilor and other "old-time" storytellers, she weaves a story about a town, and the people within it, with graceless ease. Each character has a distinctive voice, and the book is filled with well-blended humor and poignancy. It captures an era (ok, several eras), and is compelling in the diversity of personalities (that somehow stay contemporary in design). I really enjoyed this (much better than the movie!), and I recommend it for anyone looking for a touching and mostly-cheerful light read.
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