The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church going and proper, and the fun-loving hell-raiser, his Aunt Idgie. Together they ran the town's popular Whistle Stop Caf©♭, known far and wide for its famous 'Fried Green Tomatoes.' And as Bud often said of his childhood, 'How lucky can you get?' But sadly, the railroad yards began to shut down and the town became a ghost town, with nothing left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see where his beloved Whistle Stop used to be. In so doing, he discovers new surprises about Idgie's life and about other beloved Fried Green Tomatoes 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 others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you go home again?"--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Description: 282 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780593133842
Branch Call Number: Flag


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Nov 17, 2020

If you enjoyed the story and the characters in Fried Green Tomatoes you will like this continuation of the story.

Nov 12, 2020

A fun read - it was nice to be back in Whistle Stop. But like some sequels, the fast-forward events mentioned in the first book have been slightly revised to fit into the long-delayed sequel's structure. Still, this is much better than most books released this year.

Oct 27, 2020

Whistle Stop is back and whether you grew up in a small town or a large town, you’ll find the characters just as endearing in the follow up to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It took me a little while to get the rhythm of the non-sequential time periods, but once I figured it out that it took me from 1935, to the 1990’s and into the 21st century, I enjoyed it. The heart of the book is Buddy Threadgoode, the one-armed boy adopted by Idge and raised by his birth mom and Idge in the cafe. But its more than that, it’s the continuation of the small town long after its demise. It is the Christmas letters sent to everyone by the former post mistress. It’s the connections that residents make as they move to other places. It’s a comforting message for us. It’s the importance of human connections, the importance of caring and the importance of making a difference in someone’s life.

Jul 27, 2020

I always know that any book by Fannie Flagg is going to be a good read, and this one was just a perfect book for these times. If you've already read "Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe," then you'll be delighted to revisit the town of Whistle Stop and many of the same characters. If this is your introduction to Whistle Stop, you're in for a treat. And be sure to read "Fried Green Tomatoes" soon. This novel is told from the perspective of a few different characters, including a folksy newsletter, and the chapters go back and forth from the past to the present. With humor, drama, warmth, and love, this is feel-good story that will make you smile. Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

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