Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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Title Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Author(s) Fannie Flagg
Published 1987
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First published in 1987, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is considered a classic of both feminist and lesbian literature.

Publisher's Summary

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again...

LGBT Representation

Idgie and Ruth are in a lesbian relationship.

Some fans have suggested that the character of Sipsey could potentially be asexual, as she adopts a child and raises it as a single mother without ever displaying romantic or sexual interest in anyone, or any inclination to get married.


The novel was turned into a successful 1991 film called Fried Green Tomatoes. Although Ruth and Idgie have a lesbian relationship in the book, the relationship between the two women was left ambiguous in the film. Nevertheless, it won a GLAAD award for best feature film with lesbian content.

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