If you are a fan of books with lovable characters, witty dialogue, and down-home popular descriptions and expressions, then you will love “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg. Fannie Flagg has been writing books for a while now and I’ve enjoyed every one. Her “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Café” was a favorite as was the adapted movie.
This latest offering of Ms. Flagg begins in a rural area of Missouri where Swedish, German, and Norwegian settlers are making their home. Lordor Nordstrom travels from his home in Sweden looking to buy property in America. He finds such a spot in Missouri and puts an ad in the paper looking for young farmers to come and start a new community. His search is successful and the new family men clear the land and plot the little town. Of course, they decide that they need a community cemetery and clear a hillside for that. It is called Still Meadows Cemetery. After a few years, the ladies of the settlement decide that Lordor needs a bride. So they advertise for a Swedish mail-order bride and Lordor soon finds himself married.
As the community grows, births and deaths occur. Funny thing is, those who have passed find themselves able to communicate with the others who are planted in the cemetery with them. As the novel progresses the exploits of the town members and those who now rest in eternity intertwine. Funny thing, after a time, the departed seem to disappear. Although those left behind wonder, they are obviously in no position to search for them, so they just rest and wait for the next inhabitants to arrive. Ms. Flagg takes us from the inception of the community up until present day telling the stories of the many characters…and I DO mean characters…in her wonderfully beguiling way. Her wittiness in describing certain events made me laugh out loud and long (my husband thought I’d lost it). Although I read this as an advanced reader copy, I will definitely be buying my own copy as soon as it is published. I know you will love this book.
I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.