“annapi said: 4 stars
Evelyn Couch is forced to accompany her husband every week to visit his cranky mother at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, which she dreads. But it is here that she one day meets old Ninny Threadgoode, who won't stop talking to her. Gradually the acquaintance blossoms into a genuine friendship as Evelyn gets caught up in Ninny's stories of her childhood growing up in Whistle Stop, Alabama, as well as the tales of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, proprietors of the Whistle Stop Cafe. Full of humor, drama, and fascinating characters, this is wonderful story sure to absorb any reader. Excellent and highly recommended.
Fran said: 4 stars
The characters in this small town, Whistle Stop, were entertaining. The story that Mrs. Threadgoode tells throughout the book is of her life in Whistle Stop and the Threadgoode family. She also tells the story of life-long friendships, the importance of community, and the role of the family. In addition to telling her new friend of what it was like to live in Whistle Stop, Alamabama during the Great Depression, Mrs. Threadgoode also helps her reinvent her life, a life after the children are raised and gone and years of neglect of a marital relationship. This books packs in humor and a murder mystery to boot. It was a fun read.
Kristal said: 5 super shiny stars
The novel weaves together the past and present in a story of blossoming friendship between Evelyn Couch, a middle-aged house wife, and Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home. Every week Evelyn and her husband visits her mother-in-law. But after a brief hello, she quickly makes her way to Ninny. Ninny has started telling Evelyn all about Whistle Stop, Alabama, where she grew up and about all the crazy and wonderful people that lived there. These stories, along with Ninny's friendship, enable Evelyn to begin a new, satisfying life.
Jen M said: 4 stars
Bland and frumpy Evelyn feels insignificant when she first meets Mrs. Threadgoode at her mother-in-law's nursing home. While first thinking the old woman was just a babbler and somewhat annoying, Evelyn soon comes to cherish her time with the old woman, and her tales of a lifetime in a small town on the cusp of great changes.
I saw the movie long ago when it first came out, and really only remembered the "famous" Kathy Bates line regarding being older and having more car insurance, so I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Told in little bits of memory and flashes to the past from the present, the book moves every couple of pages or so to a new incident, a new memory, or a new day of visiting for Evelyn and Mrs. Threadgoode. While the rapid changes were a little hard to adjust to at first, by the end of the book it felt not unlike flipping through an old photo album with a relative while they gave you snapshots of a time and a life before you. It was joyful, and sad and bittersweet, all at the same time.
SouthWestZippy said: 5 stars plus a heart
Set in the 80's Evelyn meets Mrs. Threadgoode while visiting her husband's Mother in a nursing home. Threadgoode tells stories form her past about herself, family and her friend and business partner Ruth. They ran the Whistle stop Café in the thirties where it was known for its barbecue and warm friendly people.
Great story line and wonderful characters. I laughed, I cried and I just did not want some of the stories to end. I love the movie so much I was apprehensive about reading the book. I am so happy I did. The movie did follow the book in many ways but some things were out of order or just redone all together in some stories lines. Does not matter it is that good.
LibraryCin said: 3.5 stars
It is the 1980s when Evelyn meets an elderly woman, Ninny, in a nursing home. Ninny recounts some of her memories (mostly from the 1920s and 1930s) of her sister-in-law, Idgie (who owned the Whistle Stop Cafe) and some of the other neighbours in their small town.
It was good. It took me a while at the start to get used to all the jumping around in time, and there was a lot of that. Not a lot really happened in the book, though it seems that Idgie had the most interesting life through Ninny's memories. I found Evelyn a little bit interesting, as well – I thought “Towanda” was very entertaining!”