The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg (4 Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I’ve read a few of Fannie Flagg’s other books, and have only been disappointed once.  The Whole Town’s Talking will draw you in from the start and keep your interest all the way through.

The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, and the town talks for over 100 years, including the citizens currently residing at the cemetery.  Flagg’s writing weaves a tapestry of stories that are intertwined, and her cast of characters are entertaining to say the least.  There are a lot of characters, and you may recognize some from other books.  Flagg has such a delightful way of describing the characters that it is easy to picture them in your mind, hear how they speak, how they move.  Truth be told, I want to be like Elner Shimfissle.  Elner is a woman who just enjoys being herself.  She is confident, friendly and supportive and makes everyone around her feel good about themselves.  Whether she is entertaining Bonnie Clyde, befriending Bess Truman, or just singing to her chickens, she is just, well, just Elner.  This is a woman at home in her own skin.

At the end of the day, this is a feel-good book.  Think of the new buzzword, hygge, which essentially means warmth, enjoyment and happiness.  Well, this book delivers!

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