I’ve seen the movie once before, so when I saw the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg I was interested to see how the two compared.
It was a fun and easy read. The story is made up of three different kinds of chapters. Initially we meet Evelyn Couch, an anxious, depressed and dissatisfied housewife. In avoiding visits with her elderly mother-in-law, Evelyn meets Mrs. Virginia Threadgoode,who slowly but surely tells a fun and heartwarming story of her own family, focused mainly on Idgie Threadgoode.
Interwoven between present day with Evelyn and memories Mrs. Threadgoode shares are snippets from local papers that add a little extra insight and character to the story.
While the story is very much a tale of Idgie Threadgoode and the capers she got up to, well into her adult life, it’s just as much, though more subtly, a story about Evelyn Couch meeting her midlife chrisis head on, and coming out the victor.
And that makes it an even more heartwarming story, because as I was reading it, I could identify with some of Evelyn’s anxiety and depression. And, who among us could truthfully deny the existence of our own Towanda inside? (And if Towanda is your favorite part of the movie, it’s even better in the book.)
As an introduction into Fannie Flagg’s books, Fried Green Tomatoes was every bit as good as I was hoping and expecting. And though I don’t remember the movie sso well, what I do remember follows the book quite solidly (as it should, since Flagg wrote the script).
It looks like I now need to add some other Fannie Flagg books to my ever-growing, never-shrinking reading list. And maybe one of these days, I’ll actually get around to reading some of them.