- Title: The Whole Town’s Talking: A Novel
- Author: Fannie Flagg
- Genre: Fiction
- Pages: 432
- Publish date: November 29, 2016 – Random House
- Source: Publisher; NetGalley
My take: The Whole Town’s Talking is the story of a town: Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Fannie Flagg introduces the reader to the town founder Lordor Nordstrom who came from Sweden in 1889 and found the perfect spot for the dairy farm he’d dreamed of having. Word spread and other immigrants followed. The town of Elmwood Springs grew from these early families.
Anyone who’s grown up in a small town will recognize the people of Elmwood Springs – they are everyman and woman. Flagg’s characters live ordinary lives and rise to unexpected occasions when needed. The Whole Town’s Talking (also the name of the weekly society column in the local newspaper) is a lovely, folksy tale that I enjoyed. The chapters are short making it an easy reading experience. I read it over the course of ten days which was unusually long for me but I’m glad it did because it never failed to make me smile and I want to enjoy a book like that for as long as possible!
In her wonderfully humorous and warm style Fannie Flagg explains the mysteries of life and death – at least, how she sees them 🙂 Recommended to fans of the author and stories about small town life.