The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

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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 Café, 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780593133842
0593133846
Branch Call Number: F FLAGG
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 25 cm

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betsymarzoni
Mar 20, 2021

If you have read and enjoyed "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" you will probably enjoy this return to the many colorful characters in that book. Bud Threadgoode is the central character here and his positive spirit permeates the story.

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WoodneathTaylor
Feb 27, 2021

Can I have Fannie Flagg narrate a lot more books, please? She's a delight to listen to even when the book isn't super amazing. I enjoyed returning to Whistle Stop and spending time with Ruth and Idgie in my head.

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CL_kcls
Feb 07, 2021

'The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop' is magical, pure and simple. My only regret is that it was so long in coming.

It's wonderful to meet the old friends we met all those years ago in 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' and it's a bit heartbreaking as well.
"So many of us have lost our loved ones. The price we pay for living a long life, I guess. And it's not just losing the person, it's losing the person you have shared so may special memories with, and you realize that they are just your memories now. That's why it's doubly important that we don't lose touch. My old Whistle Stop gang are now the only ones I have left whom I can ask, "Do you remember when...?" I've often wondered where those memories go after we die. Are they still floating around up in the ether somewhere or, do they die with us? If so, just think of all the billions of lovely memories that just fade and die away."
Dot Weems was quite a philosopher. She would have called it common sense.

Fannie Flag has such a deft touch in finding the depth of personality in her characters. What I found most compelling is her honest narrative regarding aging. She brings us back to fond memories of characters we met in the fullness of their lives while dealing with their realities of age.

With 'The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop' she has woven the past and the present with that same gentle hand and humor:
"I hate to admit it but I must be getting old. Did you know that squirrels can remember where they've hidden over 10,000 nuts, and half the time I can't find my one pair of reading glasses. Never thought a squirrel was smarter than I am, but a fact is a fact, folks!"
5 stars

IndyPL_MaureenD Feb 01, 2021

A sequel to "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café", this book is a quick, easy read. It centers on Buddy Threadgoode, the one-armed son of Ruth and adopted nephew of Idgie, now all grown up. The book jumps back and forth in time from his childhood days, his growing up years, becoming a veterinarian, and having a daughter, to old age. Evelyn Couch is featured again so we get to see what became of her life after Mary Kay Cosmetics. A delight to read.

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Goldilocks51
Jan 31, 2021

If you have read Fried Green tomatoes, then this is a must read. Really heartwarming book, as all Fannie Flagg’s books are.

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Kidbean
Jan 23, 2021

A pleasant story but a bit vacant, dry. I couldn’t finish it.

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1_Great_Book
Jan 18, 2021

Fannie is flagging here - this turned out to be sadder than I think it was intended to be. The town falling into disuse and abandon, and Bud's failing health do not help. There was a moment of joy in the effort to rebuild the town, but the way it developed was too outrageous to be believable. It read like a dream that didn't quite come true.

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Coffee77Monkey
Jan 15, 2021

This was like opening a gift to all of us who love Idgy & Ruth, Sipsey & Big George-the whole Whistlestop , green Fried Tomatoes Family.Loved the surprises and updates ,the full circle of recollections, memories, promises made and kept.

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mynovelesquelife
Jan 03, 2021

RATING: 4 STARS
2020; Random House

Last year I reread Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe so I could refresh my memory in prep for the sequel, The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop. I was a bit hesitant to start, as I usually am with sequels, so I was happy that I got to my audiobook a bit late. Even as I started the first two chapters, I wondered if I would feel the same endearing nostalgia I felt with the first book. Thank gawd, soon I was smiling as I listened to Fannie Flagg read about Bud as a child and Bud as an adult. We meet his daughter Ruthie, who is middle age in present day. Oh, and Evelyn Couch makes appearances so it definitely did the first book justice. I liked that we still visited Whistle Stop back in the days of Idgie and Ruth, but we also go to know what happens from 1980s onwards. I did miss Minnie but that also made the characters feel more real. Time moves on. As I neared towards the last pages of the novel, I started worrying how it would end. I think most fans will like the ending as it's so Fannie Flagg, and it made my heart happy. I am longing to watch the movie again so I will need to do that soon. I wanted to visit the books first, as they really take you into the characters' lives and story. If you have not read the first book, I highly recommend reading that one first, or a lot of this book will read like a secret you aren't in on.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

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laphampeak
Dec 28, 2020

Some novels are prized for literary accomplishment but, in this case, worthy of winning the hearts of readers looking for full circle journey of townsfolk of a small community of members with close bonds. The narrative brings us close to those bonds through time and allows for a sigh of satisfaction in the end.

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