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And the Whippoorwill Sang

4.73 of 5 stars 4.73  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  36 reviews
To Weep . . . To Laugh. . . To Grieve. . . To Dance . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso From the beaches of Long Island, New York to the glitter of Las Vegas, Nevada--from the majestic Pennsylvania Susquehanna Mountains to Staten Island, New York, her stories traveled with her. Micki writes fiction and non-fiction often based upon her family life. Her greatest ...more
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Published September 2nd 2007 by Light Sword Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Laurie Sorensen
Ms. Peluso spins you around tears, laughter, pain and joy in this wonderful true events story of her life and times dealing with a multitude of emotions that have brought her to where she is now, a survivor among many who have gone through and lived through the same things, she shines through the fog as a beacon to others who can read her story and look up to her. This book is a must read, you will laugh, you will cry, you will feel the joy and the pain, and you will come away a better person fo ...more
And The Whippoorwill Sang

What an emotional read this was. Micki Peluso takes you into her heart and home where you meet a family torn apart by a drunk driver. Micki and her family's journey in this book will snatch at your heart strings and you will most certainly want to hold each of them as this tragic plight occurs with the sudden events that surround her daughters very life.

You will weep as you read the Introduction, laugh as Micki takes you through her life getting married and feel as thoug
Jan 21, 2008 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a MUST READ for everyone.
So many lives are changed by those who choose to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.

I hope you will read this book.

You will laugh, cry, rage, and root for Micki, this Steel Magnolia from New York, as she learns.....

To Weep, To Laugh, To Greive, To Dance...

I give it a five star.

Although I own this book, it's not for sale, or swap. :-)
Jan 21, 2008 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to June by: A friend
This book is a true story of a mother lose of her child to a drunk driver. The author,Micki Peluso shares with you what the family goes through in their griving. There is nothing depressiong about this book. It's warm and funny at times. I felt like the author was sitting at my kitchen table sharing her story.
It is a must read!
Cynthia Ainsworthe

Bad times come to all. Some have more than their fair share. "...And The Whippoorwill Sang" is one of those novels that bring tears and some laughter.

How many times have we said "Goodbye" to a loved one with the assumption of their return after a typical daily activity? Micki Peluso expected to see her daughter's return before day's end. Yes, she did see her daughter again, but not as anticipated. A horrific accident changed her life that forced gut-wrenching and soul-searching decisions
RobinLeigh Morgan
I'm fortunate to have met Micki Peluso and her charming husband Butch at a book signing at a Barnes & Noble in her hometown where I purchased an autographed copy of "And the Whippoorwill Sang" a few years.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. The book is a roller coaster of emotions, you laugh one moment, the next you sigh and then you cry, and back again. You start off in the emergency room of the hospital the fateful night her daughter got struck by a drunk driver; you're then flung into the
Pat Garcia
The young teenager had just left home, a short, “Goodbye Mom” shattered through the house, and the door slammed. None of the family had any clue to what was about to happen. None of them had known a certain moment in time would change their lives forever. None of them had really thought about how quickly life could pass over into some other invisible form. None of them had considered it may be the last time to touch, to talk to, or to reach out and physically embraced the person one so deeply ca ...more
And The Whippoorwill Sang
Micki Peluso
I would give Micki Peluso’s book ten stars, if I could. This is a genuine slice of Americana served up with all the love, pain, and laughter of a working class American family. Micki and Butch are married at seventeen and proceed to have six beautiful, healthy children, almost one a year. Unable to find work, Butch becomes a bartender and leaves the raising of the children to Micki. Unhappy with the way things are going, Micki, and her indomitable pioneeri
Deirdre Tolhurst
...And the Whippoorwill Sang captured my attention from the very first page and tugged at my heartstrings throughout. Whether it was to laugh or to cry, I found myself so involved with the story that I was anticipating the next chapter with unexpected zeal.

The book quickly drew me in, making me feel as if Micki and I were sitting at her kitchen table drinking a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. She is relaxed in her writing, which made me feel like I was a part of her large family. Her words are
Tabitha Bower
…And The Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso is so many things: at times a personal memoir, at others a social and cultural commentary; it sometimes reads like a relationship advice column, and yet it is also a dramatic story with an extremely moving and emotional ending. In telling her family’s story of love and loss, Micki provides an in-depth look into her personal life that is framed by the cultural backdrop of the times, so that her story becomes as impressive and as important to the reader a ...more
Taylor Fulks
This is a remarkable read! This beautiful memoir delves deeply into every emotion known to the soul...from tremendous love of husband and family, laugh out loud domestic adventures, to the gut-wrenching agony of every parent's nightmare...the senseless loss of a child. Through it all, Ms. Peluso captures and captivates her audience with eloquent and powerful prose, beginning with her bedside vigil in a hospital ICU after a horrific accident involving her daughter and a drunk driver, then taking ...more
R.L. Cherry
After a short prologue, Micki Peluso's book hits you with tragedy. Her daughter, Noelle, is in the hospital, completely paralyzed after being struck by a drunk driver. Micki doesn't stay there too long, however, before she flashes back 23 years to when she and Butch are married and begin to raise a family. Periodically she will touch back on Noelle, lying in her hospital bed, but her book is more than just that tragedy. It is the tale of her family, struggling to make ends meet and work out rela ...more
Cherrye Vasquez
I'm not sure how Micki Peluso did it, but she was able to write a stellar memoir of her family life sharing of a period that had to be more difficult than one can ever imagine. Losing a child to a drunk driver has to move one toward a "merry-go-round" of emotions.

One can't help but notice, however, how crafty and skillful Peluso was as she weaved details of her life and the life of her husband, children and close relatives around the tragic story of her daughter's life taken away by a drunk driv
A young child’s life hangs in the balance as the story unfolds. The doctors appear to have given up and one mother will do anything to change the hands of time and turn the clock back. August 23, 1981 is one day that author Micki Peluso will never forget as her daughter’s life is in the hands of God and the doctors. Flashing back to 1959 and her impending marriage to Butch and the events that surrounded their rocky start, the author relates her own real life experiences that remind us that rocky ...more
Raani York
From the first moment on "...And The Whippoorwill Sang" caught my attention. And even whenever I had to stop reading I was often dreaming about it - or the story "sneaked" into my head.

It even made me laugh during a meeting when I remembered something funny.

The description of young Micki, growing up during the years often made me laugh - and made me cry... The loss of Noelle is devastating and left me crying...

It is a wonderful, not only entertaining but teaching book, soft and strong to the sam
Sharla Lee Shults
Micki Peluso invites her readers into her innermost self where she shares hilarious ventures along with the deepest of sorrow. It is a story of undying love and devotion to her family amidst a plethora of hardships and choices. From the beginning of her book to the very end you will be turning the pages in anticipation of what could possibly happen next. It is a hard book to put down so once you start be sure you have plenty of time for reading. And, of course, have a box of kleenex on hand for ...more
Sandra McLeod

This is one of the most enthralling books I have ever read. It combines the best of storytelling with the reality of loss and grief and ultimately--healing. By the time I read the last page, I had become a member of Micki's family and had bonded with all of her kids. We are there with her through all her valleys and we are there with her even when she wants to be alone. Part of the beauty of this book is the honesty of the raw emotion shared so openly along with a touch of humor here and there t
John Rosenman
More and more, as I read Micki Peluso’s autobiography covering twenty-two years in her life, I was reminded of eleven words in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. “Camerado, this is no book, Who touches this touches a man.” In her case, it is a woman we touch, and the reader learns who the author is as few characters we ever come to know either in fiction or nonfiction. In addition, we come to know her husband Butch and her six children as they are born, develop, interact, clash with each other, enc ...more
Judith Marshall
A rare mix of humor and heartbreak…

Micki Peluso promised her daughter, Noelle, “that somehow the world will know who you are and what you meant to those who loved you.” She did just that in this real-life account of the Peluso family’s journey through good times and bad, hope and despair. This is more than a story of one family, it’s a tribute to what a family should be – strong, full of humor and committed to each other.
Kathleen Janz-Anderson
Just finished reading this book last night and I can't say enough good things about it. It touched my heart from the very first—knowing what was to come. Although before we know the outcome, we are taken back to when the author and her husband get married, she 17 and he 18. A young love with and edge. Beautifully written, funny, entertaining all the way through.
Martha Steward
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Peggy Strack
A beautiful memoir that makes you laugh and cry. I felt like a member of this family when I was through. A must read!
Laura Kump
So good. I couldn't put it down Stays with you.
Awesome book about life and loss.
Sandra Nachlinger
And The Whippoorwill Sang tells the story of a teenager, walking along a country road, who is struck and killed by a drunk driver. But it is so much more. Author Micki Peluso shares the life of an American family—raising six children, creating a home, sharing love. Beginning with her marriage at age 17, Peluso takes the reader from the northeastern United States to the Southwest and back again, and relates funny, touching, and surprising stories of the family’s adventures along the way. Her tale ...more
Lori Foroozandeh
Once I TRULY STARTED this book (I was busy and just perused it for a while) but once starting it I couldn't wait for the next page and was sad when the book was over. Micki includes the reader so much into her life that you feel like your there. They had a very close family....not the perfect family but a "GREAT FAMILY". Her family endured so much but they came together when they needed each other most. When I read the back of this book I never expected humor but she had me LOL, When they ran ou ...more
Trish Jackson
This is a beautiful tribute to a lost child, written in such a way that the reader is transported into the hospital and suffers the devastation and despair with the family.

Interspersed with descriptions of the days of waiting and hoping, when Noelle's life is literally in limbo, Peluso shares many intimate moments in the Peluso's lives, which are like many other lives - rich with love and laughter. From the time teenagers Micki and Butch first elope, the story of how their journey together unfo
Liz Winn
Much like the whippoorwill’s song, Peluso’s memoir conveys tales from a life that has known both joy and sorrow. It alternates between two timelines: in the first one, we sit with Peluso at her dying child's bedside in 1981; in the second, we visit past memories and happier times. Starting in her late teens, Peluso recounts her married years with her high school sweetheart, Butch, as they move from one home to another, welcoming and raising six children along the way. Although times are frequent ...more
Martha Love
This book is truly hard to put down! Micki Peluso's memoir "And The Whippoorwill Sang" is a true tale about two people very much in love, often struggling but at heart loving every minute of it to raise a large family. Sometimes there is desperation and grief when children fall ill or tragedy hits the family, and there is frustration when the day-to-day struggles of parenthood exhaust both parents, but largely, the book is filled with absolutely hilarious tales of their family life. Be prepared ...more
J.F. Elferdink
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
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