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Giveaway Review WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by SUSAN CRANDALL @SusanCrandall @GalleryBooks


Book Description

July 2, 2013


In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was three—that’s when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. Starla’s daddy works on an oil rig in the Gulf, so Mamie, with her tsk-tsk sounds and her bitter refrain of “Lord, give me strength,” is the nearest thing to family Starla has. After being put on restriction yet again for her sassy mouth, Starla is caught sneaking out for the Fourth of July parade. She fears Mamie will make good on her threat to send Starla to reform school, so Starla walks to the outskirts of town, and just keeps walking. . . . If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. The trio embarks on a road trip that will change Starla’s life forever. She sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.


About the Author
Susan Crandall is an award-winning women’s fiction, suspense, romance, and mystery author. Her first book, Back Roads, won the RITA award for best first book, as well as two National Reader’s Choice awards. She has released eight more critically acclaimed and award-winning novels. Susan lives in Indiana.

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MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Starla is almost 10 years old when she is put on restriction AGAIN by her grandmother, where she lives in a small town in Mississippi while her father works on an oil rig.  The disappointment grows when Starla realizes that she will miss the Fourth of July parade and fireworks.  Told to stay home, she sneaks off to watch them anyway. Caught by a neighbor, she is put on even more restriction and when she overhears her grandmother say she will be sent to reform school, she decides to be proactive and run away before that can happen.   Starla decides that her mother who is living in Nashville and is a "famous singer" is her destination.  As she is walking down the road, dying of thirst, a woman with a baby picks her up.

The woman, Eula, offers a ride in her broken down truck and Starla accepts rather than go to some horrible place her grandmother might send her.  The story covers their trip to Nashville and all that they encounter.  I am just going to get this out of my system now:  The Secret Life of Bees, The Help, Huckleberry Finn were what came to mind while reading this one.  The pair bring to light to horrible racism that still exists in the South today but was even worse in the early Sixties.  As Starla witnesses the injustice that Eula faces on a daily basis, you can see the wheels turning in this bright child's mind and how she is trying to understand why things are so unfair.  The fighting spirit is also strong in her as she tries to make everything right for those she cares about.

Her grandmother is not quite evil, but you can tell that her feelings about Starla's mother transfer over to how she feels about her granddaughter.  I don't want to give anything away but it does have a happy ending for all involved.  There are themes of child abuse, domestic violence, social mores that make no sense including how unwed mothers were treated and the fact that Starla barely escaped being known as a bastard.  This would make an excellent book for a club since there is so much to discuss.  This has to be one of my favorite books that I have read this year.




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22 comments:

  1. I've been reading a lot about this book would love to reD it

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  2. this title is catchy in itself-can't wait to read the story

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  3. I forgot my email address: jenlessad@gmail.com - hope your Monday is going better than mine...

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  4. hi. posted the giveaway on my facebook page. looking forward to reading. thank you for sharing. :)

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  5. I'm excited to read this and would love to win it! Thanks for the great review and chance to win!
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  6. This sounds like a book I would love so onto my must read list it goes. Thank you!

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  7. I also tweeted the giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/MarilynInNC/status/356923365652574211

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  8. I love southern fiction. Cute cover too!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  9. Hi Mary, I'm SO thrilled to see this giveaway on your site! And to know how much you loved the book. I've had my eye on it, eagerly anticipating the release, because it sounds very much like my kind of read. I really cannot wait to read it - fingers crossed!!

    I tweeted today: https://mobile.twitter.com/hmbryan/status/357200564561526785

    Thanks!!!!
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  10. Thanks Holly and everyone - I wish I could have gone more into plot details but I didn't want to give anything away. This is one of the books that is SO right for the time. It addresses a lot of things happening in the South right now. I liked The Help and knew it was important when I read it but this goes just as far.

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  11. New follower via e-mail. Too bad that this giveaway is not open to Canadian residents as this book sounds like a great read.

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  12. Daily entry 7/16. Thanks!
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  13. WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD has been on my TBR list, so I was very interested in your thoughts. Good post! (And great giveaway, which I shared at https://www.facebook.com/katherine.ivan.7/posts/613530525351178) Thanks for the chance to win a copy! kateivan (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. Entry 7/17. Thanks!
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  15. Daily entry 7/18. Thanks!
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  16. Good morning, 7/19!
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  17. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Tweeted about it! https://twitter.com/ArielSmith24/status/358324853901754369
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  18. Still hoping! Thanks! 7/21
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  19. Daily entry 7/23. Thanks!
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  20. Just checking in again! I'd love love love to win this :) Thanks, Mary! :D

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  21. Daily entry 7/25. Thanks again!
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