Sunday, June 4, 2017
The Whole Town's Talking
Taking place between 1889 and 2016 with an epilogue in 2021, it covers multiple generations of people living in a town in rural Missouri. The town was founded by a group of Swedish immigrants, one of them a mostly blind mail order bride.
Over the course of time, people are born and people die. What the living do not know is that the dead people are aware of what's going on in the town from their new residence in the underground cemetery. Each time someone else passes away, he or she brings the latest news to the group. There is a whole civilization going on down there as well as up above.
Through each decade, the author brings in bits and pieces of nostalgia, and along the way you can see the way societal values begin to erode.
There is a little mystery woven into the story that is not revealed until the end. Once the dead people stay in the cemetery for so long, they suddenly disappear, and no one knows what happens to them. The cover of the book might give you a clue.