- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780812977189
- ISBN-13: 978-0812977189
- ASIN: 0812977181
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,221 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[A] witty multigenerational saga . . . [Fannie] Flagg’s down-home wisdom, her affable humor and her long view of life offer a pleasant respite in nerve-jangling times.”—People
“The Whole Town’s Talking [is] Fannie Flagg at her best.”—Florida Times Union
“If there’s one thing Fannie Flagg can do better than anybody else, it’s tell a story, and she outdoes herself in The Whole Town’s Talking. . . . Another brilliant novel—equally on the level as her famous Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.”—The Newport Plain Talk
“Told with warmth, humor and remarkable characters, this touching novel is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of love.”—The Columbus Dispatch
“Delightful.”—The Washington Post
“I could not put this book down and didn’t want the tale to end. Fannie Flagg does it again; a great read you won’t want to miss.”—The Missourian
“It’s a sweeping, cinematic approach. . . . Flagg’s gentle storytelling makes the novel an easy, comfortable read that will leave a reader thinking about life, love and loss”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[Fannie Flagg] creates a world familiar in its reality and its hopes, and she displays her storytelling skills, ones that are enhanced by her humanity, her optimism and her big heart. . . .The Whole Town’s Talking [is] a story of life’s peaks, valleys and ordinary days—and a ringing affirmation of love, community and life itself.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The Whole Town’s Talking is warm and inviting. Flagg’s Elmwood Springs novels are comfort reads of the best kind, warm and engaging without flash or fuss.”—Miami Herald
“Flagg’s humor shines through as she chronicles their successes, disappointments, and even a mysterious murder or two. . . . The interwoven lives of these completely engaging characters twist and turn in unexpected ways, making this chronicle of a close-knit community a pleasure to read.”—BookPage
“[A] charming tale.”—Booklist
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“A born storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion; and The Whole Town’s Talking. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Fannie Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. She lives happily in California and Alabama.
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I think the author tried to pack too many people and too many nostalgic moments in history into this book. If she had just stuck to the founding fathers' immediate family, without all the additional townspeople, and developed the characters more fully, I would have enjoyed the book more.
Perhaps it is just my thinking of the afterlife, but I just could not grasp what she was thinking.
But there's something more after this life is over, and that's as far as I want to go, because the surprise ending of this novel is really Flagg''s mission statement as a writer -- the message she has consistently tried to deliver. Flagg dedicates this book to her publisher and editors for all their support over the years, and it sounds like a sign-off. Is this Fannie's last novel? Maybe, but if it is, it truly is a perfect end indeed.
Treat yourself to a heart-warming, thought-provoking, and wonderfully satisfying read. Whether you've read Flagg's other works or this is your first, this is truly a book you don't want to miss. It is Flagg's lasting gift to us all.
I feel OK about pitching it - I ordered it from Amazon & the condition was not as described, so I was granted a full refund - and the vendor didn't want me to send it back...
It shows what family, friends, neighbors and tightly- knit communities used to be like in years past.
Just a wonderful, happy book - highly recommended for anyone who is sad , depressed, or just tired of reading about trauma, drama, stress and despair in life. This book is about the happiness and joys of the lives well-lived. Terrific, funny, happy and heartfelt reading experience.