American Joy!

“It’s funny, when you’re a child you think time will never go by, but when you hit about twenty, time passes like you’re on the fast train to Memphis.”Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe’ is a comforting book that feels like a best friend who lovingly listens to you and then puts you back onto the right path, almost without you knowing it. It was recommended to me by a kind lady who was my very first Thoughtful Book Subscription customer and we have been emailing each other with book suggestions ever since. I look forward to exchanging our emails each month, and through her suggestions, as with other peoples that have taken the time to email me, I have read books I would never have heard of before, and it has been a wonderful education!

With ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe’, I didn’t, at first sight think the book would be my sort of book:

‘It's first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women—of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder’.

It all sounded a little too twee and well ‘alls well that ends well to me’- something I like in principle, but find a bit too unrealistic and overstated to read about in books. However (thankfully), my opinion changed as soon as I began to read and met Ruth and Idgie, whose spirit and humour I admired. All the characters are well thought out, realistic and have a down to earth, practical take on life, from matters of the heart, to how to overcome fears. The book is kind hearted and compassionate and I enjoyed existing in the little bubble of the book whilst I still had chapters to read.

I envied the little community that came into the Whistle Stop cafe each day, as they knew their place in the world and had the elusive sense of belonging and connectedness we seem to be lacking these days, where all their neighbours knew each other and had known each others families for generations. I would love to receive the news in the local paper from Dot Weems, whose little anecdotes are dry, funny and sarcastic and sit down for a plate of fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe for breakfast.

The fact that Evelyn's life improved after visiting Ninny, was a much needed nudge, that one person really can make a positive difference to someone else’s life, solely by being themselves- no fancy gifts, big achievements or gestures needed.

“There are magnificent beings on this earth, son, that are walking around posing as humans.”Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

PS: I love when books take food seriously- which is good in this case, as there are recipes of food that is mentioned in the book at the back, including for fried green tomatoes....

“And her dumplings were so light they would float in the air and you'd have to catch 'em to eat 'em.”― Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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