The Whole Town’s Talking

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Written By: Fannie Flagg
Narrated By: Kimberly Farr
Publisher: Random House Audio
Duration: 12 Hours 10 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5




Summary: From the beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe comes another unforgettable, laugh-out-loud, and moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.

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…Read more.

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Fannie Flagg: The Whole Town’s Talking Audio Book Summary

Fannie Flagg is an American actress and writer best known for writing Fried Green Tomatoes’ work at the Whistle Stop Café, which was successfully aired on the big screen with an adaptation by Jon Avnet.

fannie flaggFlagg astonishes us this time with The Whole Town’s Talking of Fannie Flagg, which is a novel about the founding of a small town in Missouri in the year 1889 that is called Elmwood Springs. Its founding member is Lordor Nordstrom, he along with the friendly members of the village, will build a prosperous city over the years, having as principle the cooperation.

It all begins with a Swedish farmer who buys land in Missouri and begins a small farming community that soon will join people with the intention of forming a single work force and a large social group.

The community thrives quickly, Lorder will form a family with a wife requested by mail, the families of the other members also begin to settle, as the plot progresses, families realize that people who are buried in the local cemetery Still Meadows can communicate, then some of the dead disappear altogether which lends the story a faint fictional style.

Throughout the years, from its foundation to 2012 Fannie Flagg introduces us to many residents, generations and generations of families that are transforming the city one at a time.

The first residents lament how the new generations do not work as they did in an environment that was more difficult than in modernity, the dead expose their complaints when realizing that the small companies that saw themselves formed, have died due to Who are not capable of competing against great chains, as well as that life as they knew it with the united community that supported the city, is no longer possible.

There are so many characters in this story that takes place over the course of over a hundred years that it becomes a novel rich with little stories. Is the journey of many people walking, growing together and becoming a great family over time.


It is a work with historical support because it shows the socio-cultural context of the 19th century in a city in the United States. It is a work made up of a multiplicity of characters who in turn have their own stories. It is also a work that has the classic style of books before and whose narrative becomes entertaining as if the reader, was actually visited that picturesque city.

Sometimes, it is complicated to follow all the characters, but it is not a question but to relax and enjoy the course that is taking the plot. It is written with a great sense of humor, with intelligence and wit, a combination that has become the author’s hallmark and makes his work an easy-to-read.


It is a book with a different proposal written in very short chapters as a kind of diary, narrated by several voices of the different characters that inhabit the city from 1889 to our days.

A highly recommended reading not only for its historical context and classic style, but also for the innovative proposal to capture the evolution of a city and socio-cultural change.