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Whistling past the graveyard – Susan Crandall


Starla is 9 years old and a ward of her Grandma’s. Her father works on an oil rig and her mother has abandoned her to find fame in Nashville. 16058610

It’s 1963 and the Civil Rights Movement is in full swing. Outbreaks of violence are becoming more frequent as racial tension is high.

Starla dreams of escaping from the overbearing control of her ‘Mamie’ and one day, does so. Her plan is to walk  to Nashville to find her mother. 

She crosses paths almost immediately with Eula, a black maid, who is surprisingly travelling with a new born white baby.

Told through with eyes and voice of a young  narrator, the realities of life in the Southern States in the 1960s are slowly revealed.

 

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