The Wonder Boy Of Whistle Stop

The Wonder Boy Of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg

Expected pub. date:  October 27, 2020 – Random House

E-galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley


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?  (publisher)

My take:  I loved Fried Green Tomatoes (the film version) so when I heard that Fannie Flagg had written a sequel I was thrilled. Thanks to Random House for sending the e-galley via NetGalley! I found a way to watch the movie again and then started reading The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop. I didn’t plan on reading it in two days but I just didn’t want to stop. Flagg’s trademark relatable characters, funny situations, and heart-breaking moments just made me grateful for the chance to find out what happened to the people of Whistle Stop, Alabama. Thank you, Fannie Flagg, for taking us back to Whistle Stop. I loved it all.


17 thoughts on “The Wonder Boy Of Whistle Stop

  1. I really enjoyed the movie and do you know I saw it when I was in the USA when it came out. Cab;t renneber where, may have been San Francisco. I want to read this one too for sure. And… must track down the movie to watch again.


    • That’s when I saw it, Kathryn. Nice memory for you of seeing it in the US. I hope you can see it again (I found it on Amazon but it wasn’t free – worth it!).

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  2. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book, Mary! This author has been recommended to me before. Maybe I should start with this book!


  3. The only Flagg book I’ve read is The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion. And I really liked it a lot. For some unknown reason, I haven’t read any of the others. Maybe I will look into this one.

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