In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle hasn’t seen her momma since she was three – that’s when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. Starla’s daddy works on an oil rig in the Gulf, so Mamie, with her tsk-tsk sounds and her bitter refrain of “Lord, give me strength,” is the nearest thing to family Starla has.
When Starla is caught sneaking out for the Fourth of July parade, she fears Mamie will send her to reform school. So Starla walks to the outskirts of town, and just keeps walking. Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. The trio embarks on a road trip that will change Starla’s life forever.
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