The Whole Town’s Talking and Other Small Town Stories

The Whole Town’s Talking is the charming new book from bestselling author Fannie Flagg. The reader is drawn into the small Missouri town of Elmwood Springs through the varied stories of its most colorful and prominent residents. We travel from the town’s founding in the 1800s to the present-day. Some of the most engaging characters are the earliest homestead farmers we meet, including Lordor Nordstrom and his Swedish mail order bride, Katrina. Although the story meanders a bit in the middle, overall, The Whole Town’s Talking is an idyllic portrait of small-town America. Fannie Flagg reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies. Listen to an excerpt The Whole Town’s Talking

For more comfort reads about wonderful, ordinary people in small towns, try one of these:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends.

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, and these are the vivid voices we hear in the enchanting stories of Whitethorn Woods.

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog, an attractive neighbor, a mystery, and a secret!

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Readers will fall in love with the small town of Big Stone Gap, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and the story of its self-proclaimed spinster, Ave Maria Mulligan.