The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, and Aunt Idgie - owners of the Whistle Stop Cafe. 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. Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. His trip sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Stand-alone novel to "Fried Green Tomatoes."
Publisher: New York : Random House, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9780593133842
Characteristics: 282 pages ;,25 cm.

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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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carolefort
Dec 08, 2020

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg is the sequel of the popular Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. The problem with sequels is that they rarely live up to the original and unfortunately this is the case here. I am going against the grain on this one because it looks like most reviewers are extremely fond of the new novel. But to me it seems that the author wanted to squeeze one last drop from a well-loved cozy story. This book is an update of the lives of the characters in Fried Green Tomatoes, mainly Bud Threadgoode and his quirky relatives. While it was fun to catch up, it quickly became uninteresting. Cozy fiction is usually Fannie Flagg’s forte but this was too much charm and not enough style. The first story was original and entertaining, this one lacks substance. Please remember that this is only my opinion. Thank you to Random House Publishing, NetGalley, and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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SJZB2020
Nov 17, 2020

If you enjoyed the story and the characters in Fried Green Tomatoes you will like this continuation of the story.

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SJZB2020
Nov 16, 2020

This book is basically a continuation of Fried Green Tomatoes. If you liked that story and the quirky characters, you will like this book.

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xyzxyzxyzII
Nov 12, 2020

A fun read - it was nice to be back in Whistle Stop. But like some sequels, the fast-forward events mentioned in the first book have been slightly revised to fit into the long-delayed sequel's structure. Still, this is much better than most books released this year.

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brangwinn
Oct 27, 2020

Whistle Stop is back and whether you grew up in a small town or a large town, you’ll find the characters just as endearing in the follow up to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It took me a little while to get the rhythm of the non-sequential time periods, but once I figured it out that it took me from 1935, to the 1990’s and into the 21st century, I enjoyed it. The heart of the book is Buddy Threadgoode, the one-armed boy adopted by Idge and raised by his birth mom and Idge in the cafe. But its more than that, it’s the continuation of the small town long after its demise. It is the Christmas letters sent to everyone by the former post mistress. It’s the connections that residents make as they move to other places. It’s a comforting message for us. It’s the importance of human connections, the importance of caring and the importance of making a difference in someone’s life.

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phyllis94941
Jul 27, 2020

I always know that any book by Fannie Flagg is going to be a good read, and this one was just a perfect book for these times. If you've already read "Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe," then you'll be delighted to revisit the town of Whistle Stop and many of the same characters. If this is your introduction to Whistle Stop, you're in for a treat. And be sure to read "Fried Green Tomatoes" soon. This novel is told from the perspective of a few different characters, including a folksy newsletter, and the chapters go back and forth from the past to the present. With humor, drama, warmth, and love, this is feel-good story that will make you smile. Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

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