Prompt #45 on the 2018 Reading Challenge list is a book with a fruit or vegetable in the title. I was not at all inspired by this prompt and I had a hard time choosing one. Ultimately, I landed on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe after my sister suggested it.
Framed within the memories of Ninny Threadgoode, an eighty-six year old woman, this is a story about a murder. But that isn’t all this book is about. It is also a book about Evelyn Couch, a forty-something woman in the middle of a personal crisis who befriends Ninny by accident.
I chose this book because of the familiarity of the title. I thought maybe I had seen the movie, but only few pages in, it was clear to me I had not. It is well written, and filled with fascinating characters. The book travels back and forth between Ninny’s recollections in 1986 to the narrative of the story itself from the 1920s through the 1960s. Like true memories, the story doesn’t follow a linear path, rather moves fluidly through time.
While I enjoyed this book, it isn’t the sort of book I typically prefer to read, and I likely would never have picked it up except for this reading challenge. Still, I can’t deny the masterful way in which Flagg wove this story together. It meanders through time, but never gets lost. She has painted a delightful, if at times tragic portrait of a small southern town.