Book: Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway.
Synopsis: Small wonder that, at nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home. With a father who drives his Ford pickup with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children, Monica is primed to become a morbid child.Yet in spite of her father’s bouts of violence and abuse, her mother’s selfishness and prim denial, and her siblings’ personal battles and betrayals, Monica never succumbs to despair. Instead, she forges her own way, thriving at school and becoming fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town mortician.
She and Julie prefer the casket showroom, where they take turns lying in their favorite coffins, to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio. In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies at the airport, yet even Monica’s growing independence can’t protect her from her parents’ irresponsibility, and from the feeling that she simply does not deserve to be safe. Little does she know, as she finally strikes out on her own, that her parents’ biggest betrayal has yet to be revealed.
Throughout this remarkable memoir of her dysfunctional, eccentric, and wholly unforgettable family, Monica Holloway’s prose shines with humor, clear-eyed grace, and an uncommon sense of resilience. “Driving with Dead People” is an extraordinary real-life tale with a wonderfully observant and resourceful heroine.
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56 or 56% in you E-Reader. (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
- Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
- Post it.
- Add your URL post below in the Linky. (Add the post URL, not your blog URL.)
I imagined all the ghosts of all the people Dave had buried traipsing through the house, and prayed Julie’s louvered door was strong enough to keep them out.
*The Friday 56 is a Weekly Meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.
8 thoughts on “The Friday 56|#59 Driving With Dead People.”
This isn’t one I would normally pick for myself. Enjoy your current read! 🙂
What an interesting memoir! I will have to put this on my TBR. Here is my Friday 56: https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/friday-56-12/
I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this one. So cool!
The title made me LOL then I started thinking of Driving Miss Daisy… totally unrelated I know but just how my brain went. Sounds like a good memoir. Happy weekend!
I’m fascinated. I bet this is one you savor and can’t put down. Sometimes, you don’t need lots of action and thrills to be captured by a book:)
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This is going on my tbr right now! 🙂
Lauren @ Always Me