Mar 17, 2014

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Whistling Past the Graveyard
 
by Susan Crandall




The summer of 1963 begins like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. Born to teenage parents in Mississippi, Starla is being raised by a strict paternal grandmother, Mamie, whose worst fear is that Starla will turn out like her mother. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was three, but is convinced that her mother will keep her promise to take Starla and her daddy to Nashville, where her mother hopes to become a famous singer—and that one day her family will be whole and perfect.

When Starla is grounded on the Fourth of July, she sneaks out to see the parade. After getting caught, Starla’s fear that Mamie will make good on her threats and send her to reform school cause her to panic and run away from home. Once out in the country, Starla is offered a ride by a black woman, Eula, who is traveling with a white baby. She happily accepts a ride, with the ultimate goal of reaching her mother in Nashville.

As the two unlikely companions make their long and sometimes dangerous journey, Starla’s eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 southern segregation. Through talks with Eula, reconnecting with her parents, and encountering a series of surprising misadventures, Starla learns to let go of long-held dreams and realizes family is forged from those who will sacrifice all for you, no matter if bound by blood or by the heart.(less)
MoonShineArtSpot's Review:

Whistling Past the Graveyard is one of the most accurate tellings of the previous differences between blacks and whites in the south that I have ever read.  It is told through the eyes of a young girl who is being raised to think she is above coloreds and that coloreds liked the separate facilities / situations just fine. Her Mississippi grandmother and town have taught her separate is right. Her grandmother had said the colored complaining were just trouble makers. 

As Starla sets off to run away / find her real mother in Nashville she runs into a colored lady (Eula) as a companion (who needs a child to love so bad she has already made a mistake of her own)...  The lady & Starla go through many struggles and obstacles (largely revolving around civil rights issues) to reach Nashville.   Starla finds that the "colored" lady she first thought herself above, shows her more love, loyalty, and kindness than most "whites" she has known.  Starla learns that love is color blind. 

Starla - aka Red sees the realest love and devotion she has ever encountered. Red experiences the horrible accommodations & treatment 
black people have to endure daily.  Red even experiences prejudice first hand from blacks not wanting her in their part of town because it could cause trouble.  
She witnesses whites try to abuse and harm Eula over nothing but the color if her skin. 

This is an amazing coming of age story in a very difficult time in the south for people seeking human rights and a wonderful story of a woman who needed a girl to love and a girl who needed that love. 

I was given this hardback by the author provide an honest review.  I truly loved this book and would recommend it to everyone.  It us very heart touching and true to the setting and horrors of that horrible time if prejudice in our history. 


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