Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
About The Book:
Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . .
In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.
What I found within the first ten pages that impelled me to keep reading...
~ My Grandmother said she prays for me every day. Which was funny, because I'd only ever heard Mamie pray, "Dear Lord, give me strength." That sure sounded like a prayer for herself... ~
Have you ever read a book and wondered what the title had to do with the story? In this read, you won't find a scene about a graveyard or any character that walks past it while whistling. However, when you finish the story, you'll be convinced that their could be no better title.
The story is set in a time in the USA when prejudice, injustice, and bigotry were hallmarks of the Southern mindset. Not a pretty picture, but it serves to show the value of the relationship between Starla and Eula. Both characters are strong willed but have different perceptions about life. One is clouded by youth and inexperience; the other tainted by the realities of life. How these two unlikely soul mates strengthen and help mold the other is truly an amazing story.