Singing With the Top Down

Singing With the Top Down

by Debrah Williamson

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At a time in the 1950s when America is a little more innocent, two children and their flamboyant aunt head toward California in a Buick Skylark convertible.
Pauly Mahoney knows if she doesn’t fret about her family, no one will.  Certainly not her unstable mother or fun-loving father, who can’t seem to make ends meet without her help. It’s Pauly’s job to hold the family together—until a hot summer night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when her parents are killed in a freak carnival accident and Pauly’s world turns upside down.
Abandoned by indifferent relatives, Pauly and her brother are headed nowhere…until their unfamiliar Aunt Nora volunteers to take them in. No one seems to care that their unlikely guardian angel is a free-spirited, chain-smoking movie extra with no visible means of support. But when Aunt Nora points her stylish car toward California, Pauly and her brother find themselves on a rollicking cross country journey with a woman who will show them that promises can be kept through laughter and tears—and whose open heart has room for both of them and more.

“The most appealing heroine since Scout Finch… I'm telling everyone I know: don't miss this one!”—Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440624902
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 948,033
File size: 417 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Debrah Williamson has written professionally for 20 years and is the author or coauthor of nearly 30 novels under various names. A native Oklahoman, she teaches professional writing at the University of Oklahoma.

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Singing with the Top Down 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a bit affronted that one of the reviewers compared the heroine of the story to Scout Finch. That is a huge comparison and I'm sorry to say that she just did not live up to those expectations. It's an interesting story about how our families are not only those we're born into, but sometimes we create families with other loved ones we meet throughout our lives. It was pretty fluffy, a nice feel-good story without much depth. I enjoyed reading it at a leisurely pace as the mood struck me :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
just an ok summer read - entertaining from the road trip angle - child characters were interesting - nothing redeeming family wise - totally checked out, dysfunctional - children left to fend for themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pauly's Aunt Nora agrees to raise her and her brother, after they are orphaned. The road trip from Oklahoma, to their new home in California, brings daily surprises. I found myself eagerly anticipating each new hitch-hiker, wondering how they would be woven into the story. I felt like I was in that car with those characters! This was a beautifully crafted tale about love, commitment, healing after loss, and about the people that we meet as we travel the road of life.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the summer of 1955 at the Fabulous Fortuno Brothers Traveling Carnival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pop and Mama Mahoney die when the Crazy Snake roller coaster crashes. They leave behind a ton of unpaid bills and two children, thirteen years old Paulette ¿Pauly¿ in Oklahoma and eight years old polio survivor Buddy. None of their relatives from either side want to take in the kids except wealthy eccentric Aunt Nora, who arrives driving a convertible with plans to bring them to Hollywood where she has been trying to make it as an actress.----------------- On the 'The Daring Adventure of Us' trek west with the top down, Nora picks up hitchhiking nursing-home escapee Tybolt Bisbee and his reeking Puppy. Others join their traveling road show as Aunt Nora¿s generosity and charm begins to win over the prime cynic, Pauly ¿Paulette¿ in California who does not trust adults to care about her interests as Mama always took care of mama first and Pop did likewise taking care of mama first.---------------- This is an amusing 1950s coming of age tale starring a precocious naive yet cynical young teen who distrusts adults. The story line is told from the perspective of Pauly as she begins to warm up towards her seemingly caring Aunt Nora, who is sort of an Auntie Mame type of character. There is no suspense even when someone tries to abduct aunt and niece as the lighthearted touch remains throughout the plot. Those readers who enjoy an amusing overly sanguine historical will want to read Debrah Williamson¿s fine look back to 1955 in the southwest.-------------------- Harriet Klausner