Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jeanette Walls Speaks Her Truths in Memoir and Fiction

If you read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls you know why it has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 5 years (an astonishing feat!)  This memoir of a girl’s difficult childhood growing up with an irresponsible father and a mother addicted to excitement is a true coming of age story that readers cannot put down.

Never letting her family’s situation shame her, author Walls strikes just the right tone, somewhere between tears and laughter, in telling her very personal story.
In her next book Walls tells another family story, but this time in the form of a novel.  

Half Broke Horses is all about Walls’ maternal grandmother Lily Casey Smith who moves from working as a servant in Chicago to being a rancher in Arizona.  Walls fans and readers who love Westerns will be smitten with the main character’s adventures in the Southwest.

The Silver Star is Walls’ newest novel, which was published this summer.  Inspired again by her own childhood that was informed by parents who were often missing, this quick read is about two young sisters who make their way from California to Virginia, where they hope to connect with some relatives they have not seen in many years.  Adults and teens will enjoy The Silver Star.

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