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⇮ Popular online ⑀ The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel torent ⩊ By Fannie Flagg ⪢ ⇮ Popular online ⑀ The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel torent ⩊ By Fannie Flagg ⪢ Lordor Nordstrom1889Missouri, USAAt age twenty eight, Lordor Nordstrom had left his home in Sweden for America, looking for land to buy Months later, while crossing down through southern Missouri, he found a large tract of good, rich land with plenty of natural springs, just right for a dairy farm After he had cleared an area for his farm, he placed an ad in the Swedish American newspapers for young farmers to come and start a new community and soon others joined him, bringing their families and farm animals with them By 1880, a small farming community had formed that other people in the area called Swede Town, in spite of the fact that two Germans and one Norwegian who was suspected of being Finnish now lived there.Today, Lordor Nordstrom stood on the top of a small hill looking over the long expanse of rolling green meadows and little white farmhouses below It was so quiet and peaceful up here, nothing but the sound of birds and distant cowbells He could see there was a most pleasant view from every angle Exactly what he had been looking for.He would donate this land to the community and name it Still Meadows Walking back down the hill, Lordor felt very pleased with himself As the original settler, he felt a great responsibility to the settlers who had come after him And he had just found the perfect spot for their final resting place in the upcoming years.In the following weeks, Lordor and all the local men cleared the land on the hill and began measuring and blocking out rows of burial plots Each plot was given a number, written in both Swedish and English, so there would be no confusion They built a nice wooden arch as an entrance that was carved with flowers and read still meadows cemetery, estab 1889.After all the landscaping was complete, Lordor called a meeting out at his farm, and announced that since they were all first settlers, their plots would be free, first come, first served, which seemed to Lordor the only fair way to do it In the future, any newcomers would be charged fifty cents a plot.The following Sunday, all the families packed up their wagons and went up the hill to stake their claim with small sticks Some, like the Swensens, who hoped to start a large family, staked out an entire row of twenty or plots to provide for the ones already here and those yet to come.Birdie Swensen was very happy with their choice She was quite musical and liked hearing the birds and cowbells in the distance She liked the view as well She said to her husband, Look, Lars, you can see our farm and the windmill from here It will be so nice for the children when they come to visit Mr and Mrs Henry Knott wanted to look back at the cornfields.Although the flat area on the top of the hill was rather large, and they could have spread around, most people are creatures of habit They all tended to pick out spots right next to their neighbors, much as they lived below, Lordor in the middle, under the big oak tree, and everyone else around him Everybody, that is, except Old Man Hendersen, who marched way over to the other side and stuck his stick there Someone once said that Eustus Hendersen liked his mules better than he did people, and he had agreed.Mules are mean, but at least they dont talk your head off when you see them.Later, after everyone had chosen a plot, they sat down for a picnic lunch Blueberries were in season, so the ladies had made pies Mr Lindquist played his fiddle, and Mrs Knott played her accordion All in all, it was a fun afternoon.Of course, at the time, none of them knew about all the strange and mysterious events that would take place on that hill And even if you had told them, they wouldnt have believed you in a million years.Love and MarriageLordor guessed that preparing a place to spend eternity and trying to figure out how many plots to set aside for himself was what made him think about his future At the ripe old age of thirty seven, he was still one of the many bachelor farmers living in the area He hadnt meant to be Hed just been busy trying to turn a no place into a someplace There were five married ladies, who were always at him to find a nice woman and settle down, but finding a wife was not an easy thing to do.Lordor wasnt against the idea A few years earlier, and at their insistence, he had tried to meet someone That spring, hed had his hair cut by a real barber, purchased a brand new pair of shoes out of a catalog, and traveled all the way over to the Swedish community of Lindsborg, Kansas But when he got there, he found out that all the good women were already taken So Lordor had come back home empty handed with nothing but the same new shoes and a good haircut.Swede Town really was in dire need of women As it stood now, they couldnt even throw a decent square dance When they did, all the men had to take turns wearing a white handkerchief tied around their arms to signify that they were now assuming the role of a female partner And having to dance and hold hands with another grizzly, callused, hard skinned farmer had a way of making the real women seem a lot beautiful, softer, and much delicate than they really were Their lack of ladies was causing them to lose good workers as well After dancing with five foot tall, three feet wide Nancy Knott, one young farmhand later told Lordor, When Mrs Knott starts to look good to you, its time to move on And he did.Lordor figured if he was ever going to make another attempt at finding a nice lady, the time was now He had a new contract to sell milk and cheese to the railroad workers, and his financial future was now secure enough to support a wife Besides, he was lonely He wanted someone to share the new house he had just built But courting a lady properly was a time consuming proposition, and at present, he didnt have enough of it He was short on help, and his dairy farm required him to be there full time.At the next barn raising, as everyone was sitting at a long wooden table having lunch, Lordor talked the situation over with his neighbors Henry Knott, a bandy legged little hog farmer seated down at the other end, called out, Hey, Lordor why dont you advertise for one of them mail order brides That way, she comes to you, and no work times lost.All the women jumped on that notion in a hurry Oh, Lordor, said Mrs Eggstrom, thats exactly what you should do.Lordor pulled a skeptical face at the idea, but Mrs Lindquist, waving a spoon at him, said, I know what youre thinking, Lordor, but theres no shame to it A lot of men out west are doing it, and there must be plenty of nice Swedish girls out there looking to marry.Shes right, added Birdie Swensen, who had just placed another piece of fried chicken in front of him And if the girl is interested, she sends you her photograph That way, we can all get a look at her and help you decide.Lordor still felt reluctant He was a little bit shy around women anyway, and the idea of marrying a total stranger made him feel uneasy But in the end, Mrs Knott summed it up for him Youre getting old, Lordor Get to it He guessed it wouldnt hurt anything to at least try So a week later, a small ad appeared in a Swedish American newspaper in Chicago.Swedish man of 37 years looking for Swedish lady for marriage.I have a house and cows.Lordor Nordstrom Swede Town, MissouriA Swedish Lady1889ChicagoKatrina Olsen, only five years from Sweden, was a domestic servant in a large household in Chicago She had been helping clean the kitchen that morning and had noticed Lordors ad in a newspaper She carefully tore it out and put it in her apron pocket That night, when she and her friend and coworker Anna Lee were upstairs in their room, Katrina showed her the ad.Do you think I should answer it Anna Lee looked at the ad with some alarm Oh, Katrina Missouri We dont even know where that is There could be wild Indians or bears even And this Lordor Nordstrom might be mean and ugly.Katrina sighed I know, but I dont want to be a servant all my life.No, me either, but I dont see much difference in being a servant and being some old cow farmers wife Besides, its too much hard work with no pay No, Id rather stay in the city and take my chances with the boys here.Being a pretty girl, Katrina had gone out with a few Chicago boys, friends of Anna Lees, but theyd been too slick and fast talking for her taste And, somehow, the idea of working hard on your own land did not seem that daunting to her But what Anna Lee had said about bears and wild Indians was a real concern When they had been learning English, they had read all the popular American dime novels, like Trapper Bess and Mountain Kate, that told of all the many perils women faced living out in the wilderness.But the Katrina thought about the ad, the it intrigued her She knew going all the way to Missouri would be a risky venture She could be eaten by a mountain lion or worse But the ad said the man had a house When she had left Sweden, she had made certain promises, and she desperately wanted to keep them So it might be worth taking a chance, but she had waited so long to respond, she was sure Mr Nordstrom had found someone by now Still, she guessed it couldnt hurt to write and see.Dear Sir,A 24 year old Swedish lady of the Lutheran faith with skills of cooking, sewing, and gardening and a good nature is answering your advertisement Enclosed is my photograph If you are so inclined and not already taken, please send your photograph.Sincerely, Katrina OlsenIt had been weeks, and Lordor Nordstrom had not yet received one reply to his ad A lot of girls had seen the ad, but most Swedish girls in Chicago were like Anna Lee They had left farms in Sweden and had no desire to go back to one Lordor had almost given up hope when Miss Olsens reply arrived.The VerdictThe day the letter arrived, Lordor brought Miss Olsens photograph over to the women as promised They had all gathered in Mrs Knotts kitchen for the occasion After Lordor handed it over, he was told to wait outside so they could speak freely.Lordor wandered out to the barn and had a smoke with Mr Knott, who had also been banned from the kitchen He had no than finished his smoke when the kitchen door flew open and Mrs Knott called out, Lordor, come on in Henry, you stay out there Ill get your lunch in a minute Mr Knott nodded He hoped it would be sausage and potatoes today His wife wasnt much to look at, but oh, her steaming sauerkraut, her Wiener schnitzel, her piping hot pot roast, creamed noodles, and apple dumplings.Lordor walked slowly up the stairs to receive his verdict He took his hat off, stepped inside, and was told to have a seat while five ladies stared at him He suddenly felt himself start to sweat under the pressure when Birdie Swensen, the gentlest of the five women, spoke.Now, Lordor a girl can be pretty and fool a man, but she cant fool another woman Yes, this girl is pretty, but for a wife, you want someone of good character as well.Lordor cleared his throat Yes, I suppose so.Trust us, you do And so, after careful study, we all agree This girl has character They all nodded as she continued We think you need to answer her letter right now, before somebody else grabs her.Mrs Lindquist jumped in Besides, shes a Lutheran, Lordor What else do you need to know Lordor was awfully glad to hear the ladies opinion He cared very much about what they thought, but in this case, he hadnt needed much prompting The moment he had seen the girls photograph, he had been smitten She was Swedish all right, with her blond braids arranged so neatly across her head and wearing her high necked white lace blouse with a cameo And she was very pretty But it was something else that had captured his attention right away It was a look in her eye that certain immigrants recognized in one another A look of hope and determination, almost as if she was gazing past him, far into the future The day the photograph had arrived, hed stared at it for so long that when he closed his eyes that night, he could still see her face He figured that must mean something, but he stopped himself from going too far First, he needed to have his picture taken and give the girl a chance to get a good look at him.Oh, Lord Just the thought of her seeing his photograph filled him with dread Now he knew how that poor horse hed just bought must have felt when he had examined every inch of him and looked at all of his teeth before putting his money down Tomorrow, he was going to give that horse some extra hay as a way of an apology.Katrina OlsenNovember 1865v, SwedenThe baby had come much too early A woman named Ingrid Olsen had just given birth beside a lake next to the potato field where she worked She guessed, by the weight of the potatoes, that the baby girl weighed no than five pounds A friend helped Ingrid wrap her up in a torn burlap sack.Ingrid had already lost two babies, but if by some miracle this baby should live, she would name her Katrina She knew that winter was coming And with so little food and a house with such poor heat, she did not hold out much hope.Ingrid looked down at the squirming little five pounds of blue eyed life she held in her arms and cried for the childs future.In 1865, Sweden was a land with strict class divisions, with no middle ground If you did not own land, you worked it for the ones who did, with no hope for a different future for you or your children.A witty multigenerational saga Fannie Flaggs down home wisdom, her affable humor and her long view of life offer a pleasant respite in nerve jangling times People The Whole Towns Talking is Fannie Flagg at her best Florida Times UnionIf theres one thing Fannie Flagg can do better than anybody else, its tell a story, and she outdoes herself in The Whole Towns Talking Another brilliant novelequally 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 PostI could not put this book down and didnt want the tale to end Fannie Flagg does it again a great read you wont want to miss The MissourianIts a sweeping, cinematic approach Flaggs gentle storytelling makes the novel an easy, comfortable read that will leave a reader thinking about life, love and lossMinneapolis 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 Towns Talking is a story of lifes peaks, valleys and ordinary daysand a ringing affirmation of love, community and life itself Richmond Times Dispatch The Whole Towns Talkingis warm and inviting Flaggs Elmwood Springs novels are comfort reads of the best kind, warm 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    • The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel
    • 3.1
    • 252
    • Format Kindle
    • 418 pages
    • Fannie Flagg
    • Anglais
    • 02 September 2017

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