The Whole Town's Talking

The Whole Town's Talking

Book - 2016
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Sep 02, 2020

I loved this book! What an interesting and funny concept. Enjoyed it and recommend it.

Jul 18, 2019

A charming storing with reiteration of stories from the previous Elmwood Springs books. Great characters and the story moves along and keeps the reader interested.I did notice that some stories did contradict versions from previous books, but nothing that would change this particular story.

Jun 13, 2019

Would recommend this book to everyone..its a delightful read and very enjoyable...its the first time I have read any of her books and it was most enjoyable to read...Good job Ms Flagg...

Dec 30, 2018

Very light, fun book. Covers over a hundred years beginning with the settlement of a new town in Missouri. As the settlers die and move to the town cemetery, they find that they can see from their graves and talk to each other.

coroboreefarm Jan 03, 2018

A quirky view of life and death in Fannie Flagg’s Elmwood Springs Missouri, where being dead and buried does not mean that you lose interest in the gossip and goings on in the small town lying in the valley below the peaceful Still Meadows Cemetery.

This heartwarming story traces the activities of the town’s founder Lorder Nordstrom and a group of his relatives, friends and other individuals as they live, and die through the decades from the founding of the town in the 1889 to its demise in 2021.

Like most of Fannie Flagg’s novels, this is a delightful read, filled with tales of a variety of folksy and lovable characters. It provides an interesting perspective on the story of the immigrant settlers who came to North America to find peace and prosperity, and mirrors the development and demise of many similar small towns. Humorous, moving and uplifting, this is a most satisfying read. If you like this story, you may enjoy Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology, and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

Nov 11, 2017

I quite liked this book because it went by decade by decade. Oddly though, it skimmed through the modern decade with brevity and... everybody dies. Or do they? Obviously a spiritual journey for everyone, Flagg addresses "death" and the "transience of life" with humor and heartwarming wit. I do have to say though, I really hate that one nasty character, and what did the blind sweet daughter ever do to deserve him?! Fannie Flagg is always my favorite go to when Science Fiction gets old.

BUT I was slightly disappointed at the ending where, all the people at the afterlife community of Elmwood Springs fade and disappear. I'm only slightly mollified by the suggestion of reincarnation. My attachment to all those characters~ I mean, Fannie, you just left us on the brink! I was even doing really well at remembering and recalling which families started which generation, and how this current character met this other character, and so on... but it just ended!

Sep 12, 2017

My sister and I both love all her books.... except this one.

May 14, 2017

Grave yard where when people in the town die, the go to the grave yard and can talk to each other.

Apr 19, 2017

I thoroughly enjoy Fannie Flagg's novels. That being said, this one is not a favorite. It was entertaining right up to the end, at which point I felt that the story was ruined. I was disappointed, which has never before happened with one of Ms. Flagg's books.

Apr 05, 2017

I have enjoyed all of Ms Flagg’s books that are centered in Elmwood, MO. I recommend reading those before beginning this one which is something of the last in a series. You will get to know many of the characters better through her previous books and have a richer reading experience as you recognize them in this book. Good reading to you!

Jan 17, 2017

I am definitely biased but I love Fannie Flagg's novels. I must confess that I was less thrilled with "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" than the previous books and so I skipped "The All-girls Filling Station." But this book brings back the beloved characters of Elmwood Springs in way that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the ending in particular - maybe it's the place I am in life now that caused this book to resonate with me. Now I want to pick up the previous two and see what I missed when my head wasn't in the right place.

Dec 26, 2016

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's based on the most universal and endearing philosophies of religion... going into the afterlife with the ability to intimately know the people you immediately meet, as being the people you grew up around, loved and respected... parents, friends, teachers. Interspersed with the continuing thread of a deeply entwined community are interesting and emotive vignettes of people on the periphery. I cried, sighed, chuckled, and laughed out loud. It could be that it lent itself to the holiday season, with it's family-ties eccentricities and homespun humor, but if you read this book based on my recommendation and don't like it, I'd love to buy you dinner and talk about why.

Dec 23, 2016

I liken Fannie Flagg’s books to comfort food - enjoyable, sweet, but not too filling. Once again we return to Flagg’s idealized Elmwood Springs, Missouri in THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING with many of the same characters from her earlier novels, but this time the focus is on the town as the author traces its history and people from the 1880’s to 2021. As usual Flagg populates her tale with some quirky, mostly likable individuals (family trees would’ve been helpful to keep track of them all), sprinkles it with little intrigues and dashes of humor while conveying the importance of personal relationships in all phases of life. Surprisingly, there is little depth to the characters and story, most likely because of the long time span covered and Flagg’s choice to write largely in a 3rd person expository manner with little interaction between characters. In fact after the first third of the book, most of the dialogue is between and among the “residents” of Still Meadows Cemetery as they bring the reader and others up to speed with their comments about what’s been happening in the town - an interesting technique, but one I grew a little weary of with repeated use. My biggest issue is with the epilogue, but won’t say more to avoid spoilers. In spite of these criticisms, I found THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING to be an easy, pleasant read - perfect for a weekend or snow day - just prepare yourself to suspend reality for a time as you enjoy the “comforts” this book has to offer, including Elner Shimfissle’s buttermilk bisquits and fig preserves.

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