The Whole Town's Talkingby Fannie Flagg
Published on November 29th 2016
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“Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. â€œStill Meadows,â€ as itâ€™s called, is anything but still.”
I love Fannie Flagg’s books.Â You know what you are going to get with them.Â They will be funny and heartfelt stories of small towns.
This is the story of the founding of Elmwood Springs, Missouri.Â It is settled by Swedish farmers who decide that they need to carve out a town to support their farms.Â The first white settler in the area was named Lordor Nordstrom.Â Eventually the women of the surrounding farms decide that he needs a wife.Â He advertises for a bride and finds a nice Swedish woman in Chicago.Â Their romance is sweet and charming.
The town grows through the years and eventually the founding settlers begin to die.Â This is where the story takes a turn.Â In Elmwood Springs the residents of the cemetery are still involved in town life.Â They keep up on the local gossip from interviewing new arrivals and from listening to what visitors to the cemetery say.
I liked the beginning of the book but most of the cemetery section was less interesting for me.Â The action skipped over years at a time.Â It was hard to keep track of the family trees as time passed.Â The epilogue of the book redeemed it for me though.Â It ties together what appeared to be major plot holes in the story in a satisfying way.
This was a quick read. I read it in one setting.Â This is a great book for a cozy night of comfort reading when you don’t want anything too challenging.