The Whole Town’s Talking begins in 1889 in a little town that will soon be known as Elmwood Springs, Missouri with it’s founding member Lordor Nordstrom. Lordor and his neighbors will build and make Elmwood Springs into a thriving city throughout the years but in the beginning these neighbors all learn to care for one another and survive in their new surroundings.
As the story continues on we meet many residents of Elmwood Springs throughout the years as the story continues from the beginnings of this small town all the way into the current day. But not only does the story cover the living residents of this small tight knit community but the local cemetary, Still Meadows, also has it’s share of inhabitants.
When I saw that The Whole Town’s Talking was from the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe I just had to give this one a try. Certainly a bit different than I’d normally pick up I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one but in the end I really enjoyed it.
There are so many characters in this story having it take place over the course of more than a hundred years that it does become a bit tough to keep track of. I’d say really the town is somehow the main character more than any one person, it’s a story of them growing together and becoming family over the years. And for those who are fans of flashbacks to the past and reminders of different eras this one certainly had that. Anything from settling a new town in the late 1800’s, going through women gaining their rights, the first airplanes, man landing on the moon and so much more to mark where the story is in history.
Overall, a tad confusing here and there keeping track of so many characters but all the little stories from this town were quite entertaining and loved the unique concept in the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.