Monday, April 7, 2014
F is for Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a 1987 novel by Fannie Flagg. The book spent 36 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List with acclaimed reviews. Also, the "Whistle Stop Cafe" was based on another Alabama establishment, Irondale Cafe, which is near the author's birthplace. According to Wikipedia it is still in operation and is also known for it's fried green tomatoes. Flagg has been noted to be an exceptional author that brought the mischief of the bold and enthusiastic Idgie Threadgoode to life and smothered with southern charms. It was noted that Huck Finn and Idgie Threadgoode would make a formidable pair. This story will stay with you as you experience loss, family, and friendships that you won't soon forget.
One of my absolute favorite movies is Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) starring the legendary Kathy Bates as Evelyn, who is a frustrated housewife trying to deal with the empty nest syndrome after her son has left for college, and reconnecting with her husband. As fate would have it, Evelyn meets the charismatic Ninnie Threadgood (Jessica Tandy). Ninnie tells Evelyn about past events that helps Evelyn deal with her life and they form a wonderful friendship. On a personal note, this movie was a crutch (in a way) for me during my separation and divorce. Luckily for me, at the time, one of the premium cable channels had this in their programming loop, so I would watch and re-watch as much as I could and it would help me escape. This movie holds a very special place in my heart. If you haven't seen it - watch it!