Book #Giveaway: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Posted by Dina N

Last month, Gallery Books released an exciting new title by Susan Crandall. Whistling Past the Graveyard has been chosen as both an Indie Next Pick for July and an Okra Summer Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association.

The book has received great early reviews and support from independent bookstores, and New York Times bestselling author Karen White said that “like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Whistling Past the Graveyard is destined to become a classic.”

Book Description
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.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of  Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall.

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  1. Sandra K321 said...

    I have not read any other books by this author. I have read both of the other books and the first time I read a review of Whistling Past the Graveyard, I thought of The Help.

  2. Margie said...

    I haven't read any books by this author. But I have read both To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help. I really enjoyed both of them, so I think I would like this one too. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  3. Dorothy Teel said...

    I read to Kill a Mockingbird many years ago and I probably would need to reread it to remember it. I have not read this book 'Whistling Past the Graveyard, but I think it sounds interesting. THank you

  4. shana said...

    I'm really bad about remembering names, so I'm not sure if I've read her or not. I did read The Help!
    This story sounds good.

  5. Maureen said...

    I don't think I have read any books by Susan Crandall. I haven't read either of the other books either.

  6. holdenj said...

    To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books. It worked well as a high school read and even better as an adult. I read The Help too, but think the comparison will be more toward Scout.

  7. chris0855 said...

    I have not read any books by Susan Crandall. I have not read either of the other books either. This book sounds like an interesting book!

  8. Anita Yancey said...

    I haven't read any other books by Susan Crandall. Neither have I read The Help, but I have read To Kill a Mockingbird. Will be adding this book to my TBR list.

  9. ossmcalc said...

    I have not read any books by Susan Crandall. I have read the book and seen the movie TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and have seen the movie THE HELP.

  10. bettycd said...

    I've read both the compared books - the first so long ago, it's a dim memory. the Help I checked out on E-Reader from our local library. Loved the Help, the depth and likability of the characters. We were in the midwest but I remember hearing the phrase 'whistling past the graveyard' - would love to read the book

  11. Kristie said...

    I have not read any books by Susan Crandall. I have read the other two books and liked them very much. Thanks for the honest recommendation. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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