The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg Review

The Whole Town's Talking|Fannie Flagg

I wanted to love The Whole Town’s Talking, but unfortunately I can’t even say that I like it. The concept was great, but the execution fell flat. I read this to complete the “read a book by a local author” prompt on the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge.

Something strange is happening in Elmwood Springs Cemetery. Lordor Nordstrom and his wife Katrina founded Elmwood Spring and the cemetery. Little did he know, Elmwood Springs would become a bustling town. We follow his descendants through the years as the town and cemetery changes.

The Whole Town’s Talking

I really liked the concept of following the descendants and watching the town change. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Even the ones we watch from birth felt like strangers to me. I think Flagg tried to focus on too many different people. Instead of creating a community it just became muddled.

There also seemed to be inconsistencies in the timing. Some events were drawn out to the point of boredom and others were glanced over and left me wanting more.

I wish there had have been more focus on the cemetery and the events taking place there. I figured since it was the basis of the book it would have been more prominent.

I honestly can’t believe I finished this one. Usually, I leave positive comments because I don’t have the self discipline to finish a book I dislike. I hung on to the end hoping for more, but I despised the ending. It was so out of the blue. Really I felt like I had read the ending to a different story. It drove the nail into the coffin of my dislike.

My Rating: 2/5

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