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The Silver Star Audiobook

The Silver Star: A Novel

It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.
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From one of the best-selling memoirists of all time, a stunning and heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world - a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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 in the car with Maddox.

The author of The Glass Castle, hyper-alert to abuse of adult power, has written a gorgeous, riveting, heartbreaking novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love the world despite its flaws and injustices.

©2013 Jeannette Walls (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Magalie Busch Torrance, CA 06-28-15
    Magalie Busch Torrance, CA 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"

    This is the second book I read from Jeanette walls, and loved it from beginning to end.

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    Jenna W. 05-22-15
    Jenna W. 05-22-15
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    "Another good read from Jeannette"

    Great book. The only thing I didn't like was the southern accent on girls who grew up in CA.

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    Mary 04-19-15
    Mary 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    Story was good with a great ending. The reader (author) used one voice for her male and female characters, which made the audible part unappealing. The story line itself was great, which made story enjoyable.

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    Nicole Buchanan, MI, United States 04-05-15
    Nicole Buchanan, MI, United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What does Jeannette Walls bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Jeannette Walls and having her read her own book helps me understand it from HER personal view. I am such a fan of lily! She must have been an amazing woman! I wish I could read more about her life. What a fantastic spitfire!


    If you could take any character from The Silver Star out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well obviously Lily. She is straightforward, unapologetic, genuine and fought for her beliefs. I feel like today's 'throw-away' and 'instant-gratification' society has dulled the fire and strength in our hearts and minds. I wish I could have met this powerful and unique lady. She reminds me a bit of my own grandmother. Lily is the epitome of a woman built of strength, hardship, and gumption.


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    domonic 03-30-15
    domonic 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Could not stop reading it"

    I loved it and I hope there's more books in the future by her.All of her book I have fell in love with.

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    Nolan&Mahina'sMom San Diego, CA 03-08-15
    Nolan&Mahina'sMom San Diego, CA 03-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Much like her other books"

    I loved Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses and this felt like the same material just in a different setting. Was hoping for more.

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    TONIA 02-01-15
    TONIA 02-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Well portrayed of small towns"

    Authored did a great job portraying small town life in the early 60's. Easy to listen to and keep your attention.. Narrator did a great job!

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    Cindy C 01-08-15
    Cindy C 01-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm a Jeannette Walls fan!"

    I enjoy her story telling and love her voice as she reads. Nobody knows a book like the person who crafted it.

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    Lorraine Russo Towaco, NJ USA 10-10-14
    Lorraine Russo Towaco, NJ USA 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Jeannette Walls"

    Love her stories and narrations. I only wish she would write another book soon.

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    Cortney New York 08-24-14
    Cortney New York 08-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Walls beautifully captures complexity of family."
    What did you love best about The Silver Star?

    Jeannette Walls never shies away from creating parental characters that you both love and hate. I think what I loved best was her focus on the sibling relationship and how protective that can be when you are dealing with parents who, for whatever reason, are unstable.


    What aspect of Jeannette Walls’s performance would you have changed?

    I found Walls' performance to be boring. In fact, I was shocked that as the writer if this story, there wasn't much inflection or emotion present during her narrating. It was definitely something I noticed within the first half hour but continued throughout the book. It may have seemed especially absent given the subject matter (particularly the alleged sexual abuse) as I felt using more emotion would've helped flesh out that scene. I also would suggest using different voices for the different characters. As a newbie to audiobooks (yet an avid reader) I find this helpful to get lost in the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure, but it would highlight the sibling bond and the resilience of the girls. And maybe mention the unique kindness of the uncle.


    Any additional comments?

    While I'm a huge fan of Walls, II didn't enjoy this as much as "The Glass Castle". I was thrown a bit when the story took a turn and the girls left for their uncle's home. Initially, I expected that the story would be about the journeys and obstacles of living alone while waiting for their mother's return. After completing the book, I see that the journey back to their mother's old home was integral in the direction of the narrative. I would still recommend this to a friend, but it wouldn't be my first recommendation.

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