Book Review: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
May 21, 2013 § 6 Comments
When Starla is grounded on the Fourth of July, she sneaks out to see the parade. After getting caught, Starla’s fear that her grandmother, 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. – NetGalley
I like the fact that instead of using a modern setting, Crandall highlights the southern Mississippi during the 60’s and she did a brilliant job playing with the setting which I feel like I myself is experiencing the era and would love to be part of the story. At the same time Crandall highlights the southern racial segregation during the 60’s through Eula’s life story. It is very eye-opening, and like Starla, I also keep on questing why the thick wall is build between the races when everyone should be live together in harmony? But still, racism is a very sensitive subject even in my country, Malaysia, as we are living in a multi-racial country.
All in all, this book is a very inspiring one. Being told with honesty, readers will be seeing the big world through the eyes of a little girl who has the courage and determination the act based on what she believes the “best” for her. I recommend this book to everyone.
*FOOTNOTE: I received and ARC e-book copy from Netgalley but it doesn’t affect what I think about this book as this is an honest review.
*FOOTNOTE 2: This review is linked up to Book Reviews Wednesday party hosted by Cym Lowell.