Let me first start by saying props to Susan Crandall for choosing a fantastic title. I'm not even sure I looked at the plot summary before putting this one on hold at the library. (Side note: the fiance recently sat me down and made me calculate how much I was paying each year for books . . . I am now a loyal patron of my local library. Shout out to Nashville's public library for moving my books from "hold" status to "ready for pick up" so quickly each week.)
This book is set in 1963 small town Mississippi. It stars Starla Claudelle, a 9 year old spit fire with red hair and a personality to match. In a fit of passion, Starla embarks on a journey to find her mother in Nashville. She is picked up by Eula, a black woman who has just taken a white baby from the church's front steps. Eula and Starla forge a fierce friendship through hardship, adventure, love, and kindness.
Whistling Past The Graveyard made my heart squeeze. It was equal parts terrifying and touching. Crandall used Starla's childlike observations to bring light to the very adult social issues of the time. I give this book five stars out of five. You won't regret reading it.