The Whole Town's Talking
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. Funny and profound, this nove ...more
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Sometimes you just need a dose of wholesome and I know when I read a book by Fannie Flagg that's what I'm going to get.
We journey through the decades in Elmwood Springs, Missouri starting in 1899 with founding father Lordor Nordstrom and his mail order bride Katrina who build a successful dairy farm and donate land for the Still Meadows cemetery. Lordor is the first soul to be buried in the cemetery and strange occurrences begin to develop.
If you want a book that will make you nostalgic and reme ...more
It's around 1880 when a big, tall and blonde 28 year old Lordor Nordstrom arrives in southern Missouri and places his 1st advertisement in a Swedish-American newspaper for young farmers to join him in starting a new community, but it's his 2'nd ad as a 37 year old bachelor requesting a mail-order bride (with the assistance of the town's married ladies) that...more
It all starts with a Swedish farmer in 1889 who buys some land in Missouri and starts a small farming community that ...more
What a sweet and entirely thought provoking book. This is written in very short chapters by many different points of view and spans time from the founding of this town in the 1880's to 2021 and the generations that come from the (Swedish and German)founding fathers. There really is no plot (well two tiny mysteries, but they are more of an aside) and ...more
As the story continues on we meet many residents of Elmwood Springs throughout the years as the story continues from the beginnings o ...more
“The Whole Town’s Talking” is set in rural Missouri, where a mixed bag of Norwegian, German and Sw ...more
“Two hundred and three people just waking up answered, ‘Morning’.”
Fannie Flagg is legendary, and rightly so. In fact, at one point in my reading of this DRC, I reflected that someone with her power to move people has power indeed; how fortunate that she uses her gift to benefit the rest of us. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to read something that provides a level of reassurance that all has not gone sour in this world, and ...more
If you have lived in a small town, tight knit community or just have a big family you will relate to The Whole Town is Talking. The book follows the birth, growth and decline of a town in Missouri through the lives and gossip of its inhabitants.
Started by a Swedish dairy farmer and ...more
I chose this book because I read and loved "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" when I was a teenager. Just seeing the name Fannie Flagg gave me a warm, nostalgic feeling and I was ready to sink into a cozy, wholesome story of small town folks living their lives.
And that's exactly what I got, here. It was a pleasant read and it was fun to follow the residents of a town from the very beginning ...more
This story returns the reader to Elmwood Springs MO. Some of the people we meet are people who have appeared in previous books. It is like going home to a family reunion and it is a comforting feeling.
The story starts out when Elmwood Springs is being settled by a small group of Swedish and German immigrants. The man who starts the enti ...more
In the late 1870s, Lordor Nordstrom left Sweden, and found farm land he liked in southern Missouri. He quickly sought other farmers as nei ...more
PLOT- The Whole Town's Talking is Flagg's latest novel in her Elmwood Springs series. This novel traces the history of Elmwood Springs, from its founding by Swedish immigrants in the late 1800's to the present day. When the original settlers of the town created a cemetery on the top of a nearby hill, little did they know that they w ...more
Fannie Flagg tells a whimsical and fantastical yarn centered around Elmwood, Missouri. The story begins with the town’s humble beginnings way back in 1889, and carries the reader all the way through its history, ending in 2021.
Lordor Nordstrom is more or less responsible for building the community that will eventually become Elmwood. He marries a mail order bride, Swedish, like himself, starts a family, and so it begins ...more
First of all, Neighbor Dorothy should have been in this a lot more than she was. It's almost like a big chunk of the story was missing. There has to be a connection between her daughter Anna Lee and the Anna Lee who is Katrina's friend, right? (view spoiler)[ Did she mention Dorothy's m ...more
Based on the title and description, I expected something of a mystery with an element of the supernatural, but this book is a straightforward social commentary on the growth and development of ...more
I have always loved the care Flagg takes with characters and the patience she exhibits when writing about small, insignificant places; a reader can sit with a Fannie F ...more
If I am the Reading Fair judge, one of the ways to undermine your chance of winning is to answer the question of the author’s purpose with “to entertain.” I’ve seen it often enough that it gets no points for originality. However, there are times when that is the total purpose of a book and the total desire of the reader. That purpose and desire merged this holiday season as I read Fannie Flagg’s latest The Whole Town’s Talking. Elmwood Springs, MO serves as the star of t ...more
All one needs to do is pick up a newspaper to realize how very much all of us could use a good laugh. Well, as always, Fannie
Flagg has a barrel of those for us. She’s funny (make that laugh-out-loud funny), charming and wise. As for her imagination it continues to be
non-stop. The Whole Town’s Talking left me talking to all my friends, singing the praises of the latest from the irrepressible and irreplaceable Fannie
So, make yourself comfortable, suspend belief and prepare to meet the re ...more
She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby G ...more