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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.