Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the name of a novel by Fannie Flagg. It is a multigenerational story of an unfulfilled housewife who befriends an elderly woman in a nursing home. The older woman tells her life story, and helps the younger woman to cope with her own life. In the process, the novel explores racism in the American South, sexual roles, domestic violence (spousal abuse), and the coming-of-age and lives of the two young women central to the flashbacks.

The first edition came out in New York from Random House, in 1987. The novel is still in print. One of the many existing editions was re-issued as a paperback in New York by Ballantine books in 1997 with ISBN 0449911357 .

In 1991, a movie version, called simply Fried Green Tomatoes, was adapted by Flagg and Carol Sobieksi from Flagg's novel and directed by Jon Avnet. It stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson; Chris O'Donnell has a small role.

The movie was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Tandy) and for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski).

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