The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

The Whole Town's Talking

The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.New York Times Bestseller - Southern Book Prize WinnerElmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Original, profound, The Whole Town's Talking, a novel in the tradi...

Details The Whole Town's Talking

TitleThe Whole Town's Talking
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherRandom House Trade
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Humor

Reviews The Whole Town's Talking

  • Paromjit
    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 includ...
  • Diane S ☔
    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 minds...
  • Carol
    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 ...
  • Julie
    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, Sw...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    2.5 starsThe whole town started talking in 1889, with the arrival of Lordor Nordstrom, from Sweden, to what became the village of Elmwood Springs, Missouri and the conversations seemed to go on interminably until the novel, "The Whole Town's Talking" concluded in 2021. Decade upon decade, the small town's population and its folksy stories multiplied. As its members died, they moved on to the next stage of "being", resting aware and peacefully int...
  • Toni
    "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 ...
  • Joyb Animalcrackers
    I do enjoy Fannie Flagg stories and thought this one was just about perfect until the focus of the action changes from the little town in Missouri to its cemetery!I wanted to spend much longer with the original Scandinavian settlers and their immediate family, but by the time the next generation came along we had moved to hearsay and just snippets. One person’s report of World War I was a single dismissive sentence. Whereas the period after has...
  • Carrie
    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 ...
  • Barbara
    "The Whole Town's Talking" is the story of a Missouri farm town and its quirky, loving, loyal, sometimes shiftless - or even greedy and amoral - inhabitants. The book spans the years from 1889 to 2021, during which the world changes dramatically. I'll provide some vignettes, to give you a feel for the story:In 1889, Lordor Nordstrom leaves Sweden for the United States. During his travels, Lordor finds a large tract of good, rich land in Missouri,...
  • Jen
    This Fannie Flagg novel started out so strong, but toward the end I was reading just to end the story and move on. I didn't realize this was the 4th book in a series about Elmwood Springs, Missouri. That could be why it felt so disjointed and pointless. The story follows the town from the founding to the present with residents continuing to watch the rest of the town from the town cemetery after they die. The novel had the quirky characters you e...
  • Pamela
    I'm a bit behind on my review, so I'll keep this short and sweet. Charming and nostalgic, in a reminiscing sort of ghostly telling sort of way. The birth, life, and death of Elmwood Springs - small town U.S.A. - Fannie Flagg style; which is to say eccentric, witty, lighthearted and slightly absurd - yet grounded in universal truths. Basically, "The Whole Town is Talking" is the prologue, epilogue, and cameo shorts revisited from the Elmwood Sprin...
  • Book Concierge
    Audiobook performed by Kimberly FarrThis is the fourth book about the residents of Elmwood Springs (though it is not listed as part of the series). In this volume, Flagg tells the history of Elmwood Springs, beginning with the 1889 founding of the settlement by Swedish immigrant Lorder Nordstrom, who recognized the perfect environment for a dairy, and encouraged fellow Swedes (plus a Norwegian and a German) to join him in Missouri. Several favori...
  • Blaine DeSantis
    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 h...
  • Stacy
    It all started with a mail order bride, but it's not what you would think...I really enjoyed all of the folksy and funny stories about the members of this small town. The town patriarch ended up marrying the mail order bride, and so the stories began...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    The Whole Town's Talking is a classic, feel-good story, with lovable characters, a quaint wholesome town where almost everyone does the right thing and a rather interesting town cemetery. It is not all proper, it is spiced up with a few down and out characters, like a drinker, a cheating husband, and even a plot involving murder and fraud. It is all told with that typical Fannie Flagg humor and wit we have come to expect. The story takes place in...
  • Dale Harcombe
    Lorder Nordstrom, after seeking advice from his neighbours in Elmwood Springs, writes and advertisement for a Swedish mail order bride. The advertisement is answered and so begins a series of letters between Lorder and Katrina. A well as establishing his dairy farm, Lorder also bought the land at the top of the hill which he donated to the community as a cemetery. He named it Still Meadows. The story goes on to relate more about Lorder and Katrin...
  • Donna
    This is the 5th book that I have read by this author. She is a solid 3 stars for me and that is not a bad thing as far as I'm concerned. I like her humor and I like the glimpses she gives into the lives of normal-everyday people. This one started off strong. I was really liking the people, the place and the story. Then it began moving at a fair clip as it covered future generations. I guess, I was so attached to the original story, that as it pro...
  • Dianne
    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 TalkingWhat 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 t...
  • Mandy Radley
    Loved it. Now need to reread Welcome to the World Baby Girl, Standing in the Rainbow and Can't Wait to Get to Heaven. The one downside is that we may never get to read about the characters of Elmwood Springs again and in particular Elmer Shimfissle. Recommended for all Fannie Flagg fans.
  • Suzanne
    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.
  • Giulia
    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 ...
  • 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 l...
  • Jean
    I have always enjoyed a Fannie Flagg story. She has such interesting and wholesome characters.This story takes place in Elmwood Springs, Missouri from 1889 to 2021. Our protagonist is Swede Loudor Nordstrom. He has a mail order bride and eventually becomes the Mayor of Elmwood Springs. Then he dies and Lordor wakes up in the cemetery. Turns out after people die they remain for a while as spirits in the cemetery. The story winds its way through ge...
  • Mo
    3 1/2 stars100 pages of wonderful and 300 pages of so-so. It started off strongly but fizzled when the story started to rollercoaster through the years. (view spoiler)[And I thought the ending was dumb. (hide spoiler)]NOTE: On page 431 it is written "For Cluny Brown, who can fix anything". I adored Cluny Brown, and it reminded me to look for some novels by Margery Sharp.
  • Peggy
    NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.A new Fannie Flagg book is always a treat, and I enjoyed this visit with the folks of Elmwood Springs, even if it did take a rather unusual form. I especially loved the “back story” of the town. It’s part of Fannie Flagg’s gift that she can make you feel homesick for a place you never lived.
  • January Gray
    Pre-order for late November delivery! This is a great weekend read! Another winner by Fannie Flagg!
  • Karyn Niedert
    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 ...
  • Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
    „Macky martwił się o swój kraj. Co psuło się gdzieś w głębi – następował powolny rozkład, zatracała się różnica między dobrem a złem. Zupełnie jakby setki cynicznych małych szczurów podgryzały każde włókno, cierpliwie rok po roku, aż wszystko zaczęło się rozłazić i zamieniać w wielką kadź pełną szarej mazi wymieszanej z nienawiścią do samych siebie.”Fannie Flagg od zawsze pokazywała w swoich nostalgiczn...