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This review is from: And The Whippoorwill Sang (Kindle Edition)
When you promise your dying fourteen year old that friends will remember her and strangers will know her, you cannot renege. And it must be a beautiful and inspiring retelling of her life to make it is a fitting memorial.
Peluso has done all that in this strong, passionate story--and not at all what I would consider a typical memoir. Using a creative structure, she moves readers back and forth from memories of their unorthodox family life to the horrifying days of vigil in her daughter's hospital room. The change of tone makes the story not too much of a "this is your life" review and not too much of a "dramatic tear-jerker." We get the whole picture, but in witty or tender bites so that we aren't compelled to laugh too long or cry too hard.
This is a highly readable true story, with only the number of characters we are introduced to during the family's many relocations limiting the tension of this life-drama. Yet I can't think of anything more intense or terrible to endure than the death of your own child, and to endure without hating God for not performing a miraculous healing. Peluso's well-written description of her experience attests to the human capacity to rebound, even from life's worst trials.
And the Whippoorwill Sang is a book that cuts across genres to offer a compassionate, yet entertaining look at life and death and the chapters in between. It appeals to readers willing to see the wonder in the whole experience.
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2013 6:16:05 PM PDT
I agree and I've written a review for Micki's book as well. She is a STRONG, DETERMINED woman who told her story with class, finesse and humor. She almost made it feel as if she was trying to comfort the reader for the sadness they felt, which makes for such a WONDERFUL BOOK! MUST READ!!!!
Posted on Jun 19, 2013 10:47:11 PM PDT
patricia k. heinan says:
This review was very help and, as I read the book, very accurate and on the mark.
Posted on Jun 20, 2013 6:30:30 PM PDT
I have read and written a review for Micki's book. Your review, Joyce, absolutely nailed the essence of ...And the Whippoorwill Sang. How she coped with such a tragedy is beyond words. Then, to be able to put it in writing is phenomenal.
Posted on Jun 20, 2013 7:24:54 PM PDT
Anne Sweazy-Kulju says:
Sadly, I've only the opportunity to read a portion of the book so far. From what I've read, however, Author Peluso draws the reader into the mind-numbing limbo place most find themselves in, following a tragedy or loss, but she does so in a light style that plays "catch and release" with your heart. I've cried and laughed, and I enjoyed both emotions! Joyce, your review is an impeccable bulls-eye, and makes me antsy to read the remainder asap.
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