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Train Whistle Guitar by Albert Murray

Recommended by Jeff in Tech Services:train

Scooter and his friend Little Buddy Marshall live in Gasoline Point, Alabama where they run together and both admire the gun- toting, guitar-playing Luzana Cholly. In fact, they plan on hopping freight trains and traveling around like him until Luzana catches them — and sends them back home to learn about life from their kin, school rooms, barbershops, churches and honky tonks.

He Says:

This is a fictionalized semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale which reminds me of Jack Kerouac’s work, especially On the Road. I really enjoyed the writing as well as the story, which makes me think of old-fashioned Southern America life with its blues and jazz, as well as gospel.