Sneak Peek of Book “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”


Book: “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

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How does one describe a mother’s love? Her beautiful girl, funny and bright, breathes life into every moment, considers each day special, as if sensing there might not be another. She does cartwheels in piles of Autumn leaves, sings and dances down country lanes–loves her family with all her soul. A drunk driver has severed her spinal cord–no hope. How can a mother let her child go?
 This lively story opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double ceremony with Micki’s mother. The couple share wonderfully comical escapades, spanning decades, until tragedy strikes. There has been a terrible accident in a placid valley nestled in the Susquehanna Mountains of Pennsylvania. A drunk driver has struck down their teenage daughter on a sunny Autumn day, severing her spinal cord. Micki grabs hold of happier days, musing over their delightful past to confront an uncertain future—as the family copes with fear and apprehension. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital; in a semi-coma, hovering between this world and the next. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of grief and grasps the poignant gift of life as they begin. . .to weep. . .to laugh. . .to grieve. . .to dance–and to forgive.


 School started and Fall, as always, descended upon us at once, mourned again by the whippoorwills, who had to migrate to warmer lands. I had come to grips with the ghosts; whether true ghosts or poltergeist activity by my wacky teenagers. The house blew a lot of fuses that strangely, flew clear across the large basement, a good thirty feet—which baffled Butch. It happened mostly on weekends when he was home to change the fuses and always in the middle of a good television show.
Butch had traded the white pickup truck, aka camper, for a ridiculous looking UPS truck, painted a bright orange. Inside, it was nicely furnished as a large camper, with a kitchen, bed and bath. It had two comfortable, large swivel chairs in front which made for comfortable driving. He’d had enough of New Jersey and took a job in Massapequa, Long island, working for a Ground Round Restaurant, as General Manager. It was about an hour and a half from our old home in Island Park, Long, Island. Our friend, Danny, from Benny’s, had also moved back to New York and told him about the job. The traveling time was longer than from New Jersey, but Butch was more comfortable and loved the job. It was similar to what he did at Benny’s, except more a family style restaurant—a cross between fast food and fine dining.
That Sunday he left early for his long ride back. The younger girls and I were all home watching the movie,”Halloween,” when we heard odd thumping sounds from the basement. The ghosts never appeared there, and I feared an intruder had come in through the unlocked basement door. I grabbed the shotgun and put a shell into it, hoping not to have to use it and break my shoulder or hip. I peeled Nicole, who had wrapped herself around my legs, to keep me from going downstairs, off me and made her sit down and be quiet. I snapped my fingers for Sheba to follow me downstairs, although the usually good watchdog hadn’t barked at the noise. I quietly opened the door to the basement, warning all the kids to stay on the couch. They actually obeyed. Maybe it was the sight of me brandishing a shotgun. Sheba stayed behind me, brave dog that she was—watching my back, I supposed. I tiptoed down the steps, scanning the basement, shotgun ready to fire, when I saw a large potato at the bottom of the steps. I held my fire. The menacing spud had fallen off the pantry shelf and thumped down the basement steps. I tried to bribe the kids to secrecy, but never lived down the story of the night that Mom nearly shot an Idaho potato.



20 Responses to Sneak Peek of Book “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

  1. Penelope, thanks for posting my book, synopsis and excerpt on your lovely site.It looks wonderful!

    All my best, Micki

  2. This is a powerful book. It brought me to tears, but I also ended up becoming good friends with the author, an exceptional lady.

  3. Powerful writing by a wonderful writer. Can’t wait to read more.

  4. Jon Magee

    Thank you for the opportunity to be able to read and to feel something of what lies behind the writing. I cannot wait to see the interview.

  5. I was really captivated by this story!!!
    I loved the almost shooting of an Idaho potato! Wishing you so much success!

    Love Louise

  6. Your writing is superb. After reading this excerpt, I can’t wait to have my turn at reading your book.
    You have managed to make me laugh as I read a teaser from a story that I am certain to make me cry later. You are a very brave and strong woman.
    Your book will more than likely be one of my Mom’s Christmas gifts in 2013

  7. I started reading this book a few days back and liked it very much. It’s a story all parents should read, it’s a novel all readers should read. It’s very well written. I’ll tell you more, Micki, when I finish it.

  8. Penelope, thank you for posting this and, Micki, I feel I’m going to love your book. The excerpt shows the kind of writing that comes naturally to every great writer: concise, pungent, and compelling.
    But then I didn’t expect any less 🙂

  9. Sounds like a great book! I look forward to reading it!

  10. Thanks so much to my friends/peers. Your comments mean a lot to me and I am grateful to be in the company of such great talent and wonderful people.

    All my best, Micki

  11. Thanks so much to my friends/peers. Your comments mean a lot to me and I am grateful to be in the company of such great talent and wonderful people.

    All my best, Micki

  12. Nicole

    Micki Peluso writes with such a real emotion that the reader feels as though they have known her their whole life. The pace of the book never slows down and the tie in to what’s happening in the world gives the reader the feel of the times the characters were living in. Wonderful read!!

  13. Micki is a hard working author and class act. She’s very talented and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her in an author group I’m part of. She follows through on what she says and is genuine. I’ve enjoyed reading her articles and excerpts of her work. So if you’re a lover of fiction and novels she’s a great author to read.

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