The follow-up novel, The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop, is out this week!

By Meghan Overdeep
October 26, 2020
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This week, 33 years after Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café first warmed our hearts, Fannie Flagg has is back with a sequel to the beloved small-town tale.

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop ($21.99; Amazon.com), focuses on Ruth’s son Bud Threadgoode, now 84 and living in an Atlanta retirement community near the home of his daughter Ruthie. One day, Bud, in a fit of nostalgia, decides to take one last trip back to old Whistle Stop, Alabama. There he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other memorable Flagg characters, and about the town itself.

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The follow-up novel, due out October 27, comes on the heels of the announcement that Fried Green Tomatoes was being adapted for television. Flagg, speaking with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, revealed that the turmoil of the past year is behind the desire to return to Whistle Stop.

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“During all this upheaval in the world, the political upheaval and all this stuff, people are feeling a little rattled. They sort of want to go back home, you know? To a time when it was different. I just thought, I want to revisit that little town and revisit those characters that I love. And it was like a comfort type thing,” Flagg explained.

“I don’t know about you, but when I get upset or nervous, I want comfort food,” she continued. “I think I wanted to put some sort of comfort out for people, so they can read a book, and it’s not political, it doesn’t have a message or agenda. It’s just a story about nice people. I wanted to revisit a place that feels safe.”

It sounds like just what we need!