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And The Whippoorwill Sang

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  60 reviews
It is a day like any other, except the intense heat wave has broken and signs of early fall are in the air.

Around the dining room table of her 100 year old farmhouse Micki Peluso's six children along with three of their friends eagerly gulp down a chicken dinner. As soon as the last morsel is ravished, the lot of them is off in different directions. Except for the one wh
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published March 18th 2012 by LSP Digital, LLC (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ann Keller
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology, biography
Rarely does one encounter a biography which is so powerfully poignant that it is life changing. The spears and arrows of familiarity in Micki Peluso’s story strike deeply into the heart of my own life and I can identify with so many of the hilarious, tragic, frightening, and heartwarming moments. My heart is so full. I struggle to find the words to capture the full range of my emotions.

Having grown up in the northeastern United States, I felt as though Micki’s story were a little of my own. Mick
Bill Ward
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book as one of my club's reads and didn't read the blurb so when I started I had no idea what I was reading! It could have been a thriller or a romance but in fact was a beautifully written story about the author's life and the loss of one of her children. However, though the end had me crying bucket loads, the book is not just a tear jerker or downbeat story. We follow the author from her teenage marriage through all the ups and many downs of life. I smiled each time the author ...more
Laurie Sorensen
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mae Clair
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional story, providing a glimpse of the author’s life with her family. I don’t read many memoirs, but I found And the Whippoorwill Sang extremely hard to put down. The style is engaging and the sequence of events keeps the reader flipping pages.

From her marriage at seventeen, through the births of each of her children, several moves across country, and the ups and downs of family life and marriage, Micki Peluso tells her story candidly. Throughout, the reader knows of the comin
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bette Stevens
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Micki Peluso takes readers along on her journey through life as she deals with the tragedy of the imminent death of one of her six children in a story that will bring the tears, not only of great sadness, but also the tears of the sheer joys of living. As I traveled with Micki along life’s road, I not only met her wonderful family and friends, I felt like I was one of them. That's what I call great writing! From antics to dilemmas, you won’t want to miss out on the laughter, t
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Pat Garcia
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Becki Basley
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so touched by this book. The author did a masterful job taking me on a journey through the history of her family interweaving the hard times with the light times. She does this while also describing her heartbreak facing a position no parent wants to ever be in with the coming loss of one of her children whose youth is torn away due to a strangers selfish decision. She keeps her promise to her daughter that her name will not be forgotten and that others will know her more as she lived than ...more
Gigi Sedlmayer
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read memoirs, I am too emotional, but that book by Micki Peluso... well, what a powerful read.
I is a beautiful record of Micki and Butch Peluso, as they went through their colorful life.
Married as teenagers, building up their family, through love and tears and the tragic loss of their teenage girl.
Emotion were flowing.
And so it was, I laughed, i cried, i grieved with them and felt their pain, losing their child.
Micki and Butch, really had an extraordinary life.
Thank you for shar
D.L. Finn
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“...And The Whippoorwill Sang” tells the story of Ms. Peluso, while her 14-year-old daughter is in a hospital bed fighting for her life. The book starts out with the parents of six waiting to hear if one of their children who was hit by a drunk driver--lives. I have been putting off reading this, because I had been through a similar situation a few years back. I know what it is like to sit next to the hospital bed of a once vibrant 14-year-old girl, and see what is left after someone chooses to ...more
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
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
…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
Jan Sikes
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Insurmountable Grief
This is a true story about a tragedy that is every parent’s worst nightmare. When 14 year old Noelle leaves the house one evening to join her friends at a concert in the park, no one knew it would be for the last time. This is a gripping emotional account of how one mother faced losing a child to a drunk driver.
The book begins in the waiting room at the hospital where Noelle has been taken in August 1981. Her neck is broken and spinal cord severed. Doctors give Micki and Butc
Gloria Antypowich
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I confess, I bought this book because of the title and the cover. I didn’t read the reviews—I didn’t even pay much attention to the synopsis of the book. The title had me—I have this “romantic” thing about Whippoorwills—even though I’ve never seen one. I did not realize that it was a memoir—truth is I may not have bought it. How much I would have missed!

This is a beautiful record of Micki and Butch Peluso’s life; from their teenage marriage, the growth of their family, the loss of a teenaged chi
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Taylor Fulks
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Robin Morgan
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
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
Martin Ash
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful memoir, deeply moving, at times very funny, but travelling always, inexorably, toward the heart-rending tragedy that is at its core. It's a finely-crafted true story, following an American family from their earliest years of young marriage, financial and family difficulties, through the births of six children, uprooting to travel across America, living in a haunted house and more... Always, the tale returns to the terrible accident that robs one beloved child of her life, then launche ...more
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
Rea Martin
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Micki Peluso has done her daughter proud. I was not expecting such an engaging experience. Often memoirs that commemorate a deceased child are difficult to read due to sentimentality and emotion that overpowers the story. Emphatically not so in this case. Peluso brings us into the story of her young and growing family with great honesty and detail. Her story is often entertaining and always interesting. Having married before graduating from high school (and spending so many years up to her neck ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a memoir of family, love and loss. It begins with every parent's worst nightmare: Micki's daughter lies in a coma having been hit by a drunk driver and the doctors have given her no hope of survival. The story flips between the present and the past. Micki eloped with her high school sweetheart, and children followed soon after. Living in cramped accommodation with her husband working all hours, Micki yearns for a better life. We experience the antics of her children, her house being haun ...more
R.W. Lang
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story begins with the marriage of teenagers, Micki and Butch, and soon after children begin to arrive. Butch has a penchant for work, leaving Micki to struggle with housework, kids, and the occasional unruly animal. For a while their lives parallel those of many other couples until they decide to split. But they can't live without each other, so together they chart a new course. Again the sea winds blow, but they manage to ride out the storm, until suddenly tragedy strikes. A drunk driver ru ...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
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
Brian Benson
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most heartfelt and heartbreaking books I have ever read. As a father of two daughters, I can't imagine, how one lives through it. Ms Peluso is an amazing writer. She brings you into her family and introduces each one, like they were members of your own family. This is a family story. I relived some of the unrest I felt during the 60's and 70's and laughingly read about the antics so prevalent in all children. You will laugh and cry when you read this book, but you will not be disappoi ...more
Judith Marshall
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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