The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flag 


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 novel in the tradition of Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people. 


Well! This is a very interesting read indeed. This covers generations of townsfolk in Elmwood Springs, MO. It even covers their afterlife in Still Meadows Cemetery.   Very creative, unique and captivating. 

I just adore how I can get lost in her tales. This is a story about a small town. And if you have ever lived in a small town, this one is for you. From the bakery to the church, makes the reader feel right at home. 

I have no idea how she does it. How Fannie Flagg creates such great characters. Every character is someone I know. I can just picture every one in Elmwood Springs, MO. Heck…I went to school with most of them. 

  The only issue I have with this novel and it is a completely minor issue, is it seems rushed in places. It starts in 1889 and ends in 2016. There are more details about the time periods during the 1800 through 1940, but many details were lacking in the later decades. I just wanted more. This does not take away from the great characters or the town. I just felt these later decades were lacking in specifics and substance.  

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review. 


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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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5 Responses to The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flag 

  1. susieqlaw says:

    This book is on my TBR list. Great review.

  2. macjam47 says:

    Reeca, this is intriguing with the idea of afterlife tales. I will have to add it to the ever tumbling TBR.

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