A heartwarming novel about secrets of youth rediscovered, hometown memories, and the magical moments in ordinary lives, from the beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
“Reading this novel is like entering a second childhood.”—Kirkus Reviews
Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, church-going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its fun and famous fried green tomatoes. And as Bud often said of his childhood to his daughter Ruthie, “How lucky can you get?”
But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and Whistle Stop became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time.
Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. In so doing, he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other beloved Fannie Flagg characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you really go home again?
For anyone who is a bit older, the name Fannie Flagg is quite a familiar one. It was common to see her on various television shows in the 70's and 80's. Her crowning glory however, was her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. What a very unique, unforgettable story line carried out by colorful characters. It was so well done that it was adapted into the 1991 motion picture, Fried Green Tomatoes. It gave her an Academy Award nomination for her screenplay adaptation.
Flagg was born, Patricia Neal, but when she was applying for membership in the Screen Actor's Guild, she found out that her name was already registered by the famous actress, Patricia Neal. Flagg was born in Birmingham, Alabama where she spent most of her growing up days. As she had the encouragement of her father, Flagg became interested in writing and performing at a young age. She wrote her first play at the age of 10. When she was a teen, she entered the Miss Alabama Pageant, and won a scholarship to a local acting school for one year. After school, Flagg began hosting a local morning show on TV in Birmingham. Then, came her move to New York, when she was denied a pay raise by the local station.
Flagg distinguished herself as an actor and writer in television, films, and theater. She wrote the NY Times bestsellers.......Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, and Standing in the Rainbow. She was nominated for the Academy and Writer's Guild of America Awards, and won the Scripter's Award. Flagg lives in California and Alabama.