by Fannie Flagg
Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. “Still Meadows,” as it’s called, is anything but still. Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.
It didn't stay mail-order bride or simple very long. Ms. Flagg quickly moved into the whole community and how they formed a town of their own and the changes the town goes through. Not just the town, but all the town characters, and how the events in the country and the world affect the town and its citizens. The author uses a narrator, conversations, letters to and from and probably some other devices I missed. She does an incredible job of stuffing this book full of information. It's just like the small town it's about, very busy with the lives being lived in it and all their connections to the wider world.
Her last device is a series of conversations from a particular place, which I won't reveal. You have to read the book to find out that secret, it's just so special. It works very well in creating a feeling of closure. I don't know if I'll read any of Ms. Flagg's other books, but this one was quite the experience. If you like your fiction chock full and a bit quirky, this one's for you.
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley