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The Whole Town's Talking

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From the beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe comes another unforgettable, laugh-out-loud, and moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.

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
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Random House
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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
What a delightful read! Ha!.....and you'll never ever guess who eats the pie and brings our story to the end of the line.....or so we think.

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

Diane S ☔
Oct 28, 2016 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
I consider Fannie Flag one of my ultimate comfort read authors. The book started delightfully strong, with letters back and forth from a farmer looking to take on a mail order Swedish wife. But.....I guess I wasn't in need of as much comfort as I thought at the time, lost interest and put it aside. Then yesterday we had cold, hard rains, my basement took on a little water and I was definitely in need of comfort and picked it back up. Better mindset and I found it chock full of the things I assoc ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Toni rated it it was amazing
"And they lived happily ever after." Remember that line from old story books? Well, that's exactly what Fannie Flagg brings back. A classic, feel-good story, with lovable characters, quaint little towns, and everyone doing the right thing. Spiced up with a few naughty characters, a drinker, a cheating husband, etc. but never anything terrible. All told with humor and a clever wit.
It all starts with a Swedish farmer in 1889 who buys some land in Missouri and starts a small farming community that
Dec 13, 2016 Dianne rated it it was amazing
If anyone likes Fannie Flagg or thought provoking, light fiction -I just finished (and turned right around to read it again)The Whole Town's Talking

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
Oct 13, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. As the story progressed, I came to adore the town and its residents, worry about their problems, and just enjoy spending time with them. The characters are down to earth and funny, and it is a book I'd come back to read again.
Sep 28, 2016 Giulia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Would I say that it was a masterpiece of suspense with more twists and turns then a mountain road in Southern Italy? No, I would not. But sometimes a reader needs a break from the CRAZY. If you are looking to read something that is sentimental and sweet--I would say look no further than this book. The story goes back in time to the turn of the century and starts with Swedish immigrants that settled and put down roots in Missouri --it then follows through time to the ...more
January Gray
Sep 28, 2016 January Gray rated it it was amazing
Pre-order for late November delivery! This is a great weekend read! Another winner by Fannie Flagg!
Oct 30, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Whole Town's Talking begins in 1889 in a little town that will soon be known as Elmwood Springs, Missouri with it's founding member Lordor Nordstrom. Lordor and his neighbors will build and make Elmwood Springs into a thriving city throughout the years but in the beginning these neighbors all learn to care for one another and survive in their new surroundings.

As the story continues on we meet many residents of Elmwood Springs throughout the years as the story continues from the beginnings o
Karyn Niedert
Sep 26, 2016 Karyn Niedert rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Fannie Flagg’s “The Whole Town’s Talking” when I was approved for an ARC through Netgalley. I had read “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe”, but to be honest that’s the only book of Flagg’s that I have enjoyed. There has been a lot of advanced praise for “Whole Town”, some from authors I really enjoy, and I’m glad to report that they didn’t steer me wrong.

“The Whole Town’s Talking” is set in rural Missouri, where a mixed bag of Norwegian, German and Sw
Donna Davis
“Up on the hill, Lucille Beemer said, ‘Good morning, everybody.’
“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
Rob Peters
Jan 08, 2017 Rob Peters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fanny Flagg weaves a lovely story of a community's start and evolution against the backdrop of world events, technological progress, and pop culture for over a decade. This is an easy, mostly fun, and engaging read.

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
Davida Chazan
Flagg's latest novel is a portrait of rural America written with charm and wit (as usual), that's both poignant and uplifting. Find out why I'm giving it five stars in my review here.
Dec 05, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
I couldn't stop turning the pages of the book. I fell in love with the characters and waited to see what would occur with the next generations story. In typical Fannie Flagg fashion, the story was told from many people's side. We got to delve deeply into so many lives and really come to love the characters. The way the Missouri town of Elmwood gets behind Lorder to help him get a wife, and not have to go through life alone, breeds a story full of such America, charm and nostalgia in the true Mid ...more
Nov 26, 2016 KT rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Oct 27, 2016 Annette rated it it was amazing
Fannie Flagg is a most talented author. She writes about human beings who are complete and truly human. No perfect people, but people who are perfectly wonderful.

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
Dec 03, 2016 Lesa rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
While the book jacket says Fannie Flagg's latest novel, The Whole Town's Talking, is about what it means to be truly alive, I looked at the book differently. I saw it as the story of a town, from birth to death. And, it's the story of the people who built the town, and who went on, even after death. It's chatty. It's the slow pace of a small town's daily life.

In the late 1870s, Lordor Nordstrom left Sweden, and found farm land he liked in southern Missouri. He quickly sought other farmers as nei
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Nov 28, 2016 Lori L (She Treads Softly) rated it really liked it
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg is a highly recommended sweet, charming novel that follows the residents of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, from 1889 to 2021. Elmwood Springs was founded by Swedish immigrants, specifically Lordor Nordstrom. At the beginning of The Whole Town's Talking the citizens in the area, before they are even officially a town, mark out on a hill where the cemetery is going to be and choose an area for their family plots and final resting places. They name it Still Mead ...more
Karen Germain
Nov 29, 2016 Karen Germain rated it liked it
Thank You to Random House Publishing Group for providing me with an advanced copy of Fannie Flagg's novel, The Whole Town's Talking, in exchange for an honest review.

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
Blaine DeSantis
Jan 13, 2017 Blaine DeSantis rated it really liked it
Probably a 3.5 but because I am a fan of Fannie Flagg and her storytelling I round it up to a 4****. Fannie's most recent book take us back again to the familiar surroundings of Elmwood Springs, MO, and host of characters we previously have met in her works. She also has added some new characters who actually are the founders of Elmwood Springs and we follow those founders and most of their families through the years. As with past books, that I have read, she follows a tried and true format of d ...more
The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg is a 2016 Random House publication.

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
Dec 14, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed several of Fannie Flagg‘s books. This one is unlike any of the other works I have read. In fact, it is not like most of the novels I read and review. In this book, the author has chosen to present the bulk of the story as an expository, third person manner. There is little or no interaction between the characters. The dialogue is sparse also, and occurs when she is in the, to use another reviewer’s term, “Greek Chorus” mode. When I began the book, I enjoyed the ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The Whole Town’s Talking is the latest book by Fannie Flagg. The Whole’s Town Talking takes us from the town’s inception in 1880 through 2021. We get to see Lordor Nordstrom arrive from Sweden and start his dairy farm. The various settlers that join him in Southern Missouri and slowly create a town called Swede Town (in the beginning). They are more than neighbors; they are a family. Lordor courts and marries Katrina Olsen, a housemaid from Chicago (with the help from the ladies of the town). Ka ...more
Mary Elizabeth O'Connor
I was so excited to read this book, as I wanted more Elmwood Springs stories! So for that, and how it was still so entertaining, I would give it a 5. But too many things sadly knocked it down to a 3 or 3.5 for me.
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)
J.M. Bogart
Oct 27, 2016 J.M. Bogart rated it liked it
Written with simplicity, "The Whole Town's Talking" by Fannie Flagg chronicles the birth, life, and death of a small town in Missouri. Flagg introduces an extensive cast of characters through a series of vignettes that highlight the development of the town while providing snippets of the inhabitants' lives.

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
Jan 12, 2017 Christin rated it it was ok
Fannie Flagg's books are always a reward in the library when I'm browsing--I've read everything she's written and have enjoyed it very nearly completely--except for this one. Though it still has the charm and the plot premise is interestingly refreshing, the execution of the story was not quite up to par for this excellent author.

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
Dec 04, 2016 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I give four stars to the story and an extra one for the simple fact that I just love Fannie Flagg. Fannie Flagg's books are like eating a cream puff on the back porch on a country farm, with puffy clouds, blue skies and cows grazing in the background. She writes about Missouri, and that hits a special place in my heart, because my husband is from there. Like so many (and there are MANY) characters in this book (and all her other ones), they are as mid western as you can get. It's what I love abo ...more
Virginia McGee Butler
The Whole Town’s Talking

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
Nov 23, 2016 Paromjit rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book because the author wrote Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe which I loved. I wasn't certain what to expect, but it turns out to be a heartwarming story of a cluster of families and other individuals over a century. It charts the rise and fall of the town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, and some of the people who play an integral part in its growth and other residents. The novel has very short chapters and includes a number of letters throughout. It begins with ...more
Gail Cooke
Dec 04, 2016 Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing

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

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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater.

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
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