Church this morning (and it was easy to spot those who had not turned clocks back) and lunch and now time to read in my jammies. Great weekend.
I read this one this morning. WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS by Fran Slayton gives readers a once a year glimpse into the life of Jimmy Cannon, son of a railroad worker, and teen during the early 40s. Each short chapter covers a Halloween's day in the life of the Cannon family. Halloween is the birthday of Jimmy's father, a red letter day to be sure. Over the course of this slim novel, we see history (particularly the history of the Cannon clan) unfold. There is humor and pathos and joy and triumph in the stories. Though set in a different time and place, there is plenty here for contemporary readers.