My Alphabet Reading Challenge - F

Author: Anne

Date Published: Aug 29th 2018, 1:50pm

“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” by Fannie Flagg is a life affirming, glorious read. It is set in the Southern states of the USA and is in two time periods; the present and the period between the wars. In the present day Evelyn meets an old lady at the home where her mother in law is a resident. She spends time with Ninnie and in turn Ninnie tells her the tales of her life in Whistle Stop and the characters who lived there and who ran the café. It’s an easy to read book but it touches on lots of issues such as feminism, lesbianism and racism in the course of the story. As Evelyn learns about her sisters in the past she comes to a realisation that she has to change her own present and transform her life.

I really enjoyed this book as I have most of the novels by this author which tend to be set in the same location and time period. It is part of a history of writing about the Southern American States which includes “Steel Magnolias” (I have only seen the film and haven’t read the book), “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells and the crime series featuring Judge Deborah Knott by Margaret Maron.

I like books which make me feel good but they do have to have some depth. A lot of the books marketed as “Women’s Fiction” are feel good but shallow and you know from the beginning exactly what is going to happen. There is nothing wrong with that and occasionally I am in the mood for it but a book which celebrates life as this book does and which portrays it in a more rounded and deeper way is more to my taste.

E and F have both been great successes although they are very different books. G is another novel but this one has added zombies.




Love this book one of my favourites