The Whole Town's Talking

The Whole Town's Talking

Book - 2016
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"Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. 'Still Meadows, ' as it's called, is anything but still. Tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781400065950
140006595X
Branch Call Number: FIC FLAG
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 25 cm

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Michael’s design for a neighborhood of the afterlife is full of eccentric characters and played by a stellar cast.


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lilyofthevalley3
Sep 02, 2020

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

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Frey29
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.

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ktjonas
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...

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slen
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.

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Telingro
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!

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margeeaycock
Sep 12, 2017

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

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cherymcginness
May 14, 2017

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

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bethz10
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.

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Quet
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!

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Dec 23, 2016

"She didn't know it, but she had changed so many lives just by being there year after year, and by saying the right things at the exact right time." - page 227

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