|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2013|
|Number of Pages:||269|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1|
Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 21, 1960. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her books include her memoir entitled, The Glass Castle and a fiction novel based on her grandmother entitled, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel. Walls novel The Silver Star made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. Walls has also written for New York Magazine, Esquire and USA Today.
Readers of the best-selling memoir The Glass Castle will be familiar with Charlotte Holladay's parenting style in Walls's new novel. Charlotte, a narcissistic single mother of two, is an aspiring actress and singer with grandiose dreams who deeply loves her daughters but is incapable of providing them with a stable home. In summer 1970, after their mother abandons them for weeks, as she puts it, "to make some time and space for myself", 12-year-old narrator Bean and her 15-year-old sister Liz embark on a cross-country bus trip to seek out the relatives they've never met.
Their Uncle Tinsley, an eccentric bachelor, reluctantly takes the girls into their mother's old family home in Byler, VA, a small, stratified Southern town on the cusp of integration. Older sister Liz is a lover of puns and fan of author Lewis Carroll, and her charming wordplay enlivens Bean's narration.
Verdict: This engrossing story is told with the warmth and humor that will appeal to fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. Readers will find themselves rooting for the spunky heroine and her smart, offbeat sister as they persevere in the face of multiple hardships.
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The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl whochallenges the injustice of the adult world--a triumph of imagination andstorytelling.
IT IS 1970 in a small town in California. "Bean"Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who "found something wrong with every place she ever lived", takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month ortwo. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside thehouse, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family forgenerations.
Animpetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears manystories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because moneyis tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for JerryMaddox, foreman of the mill in town--a big man who bullies his workers, histenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart oldersister--inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. Butwhen school starts in the fall, it's Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz.
Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, has written a deeply movingnovel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love eachother and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
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