“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” by Fannie Flagg was discussed by the CEOS Book Club during their December meeting. Flagg’s story is told through the voice of an elderly woman, Cleo Threadgood, to a younger woman, Evelyn Couch. The two met in a nursing home, where Mrs. Threadgood resides and Evelyn comes weekly to visit her mother-in-law.
Mrs. Threadgood tells of her husband’s family who generously took her in and nurtured her tol adulthood. She tells of the owners of the Whistle Stop Café, two women, Iggy and Mary, a single-sex couple who were accepted in the community either through naivety or tolerance. The café served as a community hub with the capricious, but generous Iggy dispensing meals and help to those made destitute in those hard times.
The story is told in episodes and so bounces from the 1920’s to the 1980’s, that club members were glad of the dates that headed each chapter. The book is set in the time before and during the Great Depression era and gives an authentic feel of the people and times.
All meetings of the CEOS Club are generously hosted by Evalee McKinney at her Point Pleasant home. Those attending the meeting Marilyn Clarke, April Pyles, Doris Duncan, Helen Lyons and Judy Chapman enjoyed the beautiful Christmas décor displayed throughout the home.
“The Girl in the Red Dress” by Kate Hamer was chosen to be read for February’s meeting. The book may be ordered through the Point Pleasant Library for a small fee. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every other month and are open to all.
Submitted by Club Member Judy Chapman.