Whistling Past the Graveyard
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... show more
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.
Publish date: July 2nd 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, Road Trip
"Grown-ups was real complicated. And Eula was the most tangled-up one I'd ever tried to figure out."I love a Southern novel and this one fits the bill. The story is suspenseful and the characters are are compelling. A good summer read.
What a ride! From the beginning pages of this book, Starla captured my heart and even though there were times, I questioned her judgment I knew that she was only nine and she was living her life. The time is 1963 and segregation was just in its beginning stages. Living in Mississippi with her Mam...
3.5 Stars. Starla has had it up to here with her grandmother, Mamie. She’s sick of being called trash and being on restriction all the time while her daddy tries to make ends meet working on an off-shore oil rig. When she finally blows her top and punches out the neighborhood bully on the 4th of ...
MY THOUGHTSABSOLUTELY LOVED ITStarla 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 fi...
This was a strange little novel and I'm not sure how I feel about it just yet, so this review might change. The book is about a young girl in 1960 Mississippi. Starla's mother ran away to chase stardom in Nashville and her father works aboard an oil rig, so Starla is left with her strict, proper Sou...