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The Silver Star - Jeannette Walls
The Silver Star
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The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling. IT IS 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen... show more
The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling. 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 or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, 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 for generations. An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town—a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister—inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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 moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451661507 (1451661509)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 267
Edition language: English
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EricaO
EricaO rated it
2.0 The Silver Star
Oh, this started out so well. I was mesmerized for the first two or three CDs. We've got the tough older sister watching out for the thoughtful younger sister because the mom can't really do the mothering thing. We've got a trip cross-country to see a barely-known uncle. We've got smart moves and ne...
books are breath
books are breath rated it
2.5 Meh.....
I thought the characters were very well fleshed out and developed but I can't really say the same for the story. I wanted more action or suspense or love or.........something!!! I came to like the damn emus more than anything. *sigh*
books are breath
books are breath rated it
3.0 The Silver Star: A Novel
I liked the actual characters in the book but the storyline just wasn't very interesting. I finished reading it because I felt so invested in it but I definitely wasn't super impressed with the flow of the book. Still not a bad read, though.
Ruined by Reading
Ruined by Reading rated it
3.5 A Silver Star (not a gold one)
Jeanette Walls latest novel again examines the relationship between fractured family members, specifically a certifiably crazy mom and her street smart, literate daughters. As in most of Walls work, the children are not terribly bitter that the adults are unable to care for them properly, but accept...
Just a book blog
Just a book blog rated it
3.0 The Silver Star
If you've read the author's memoir, then you've read a much better version of this book. It tells a predictable story of two girls who are left on their own after their nut of a mother picks up and leaves.
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