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The Silver Star Audiobook

The Silver Star: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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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    wild_childsue 06-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Was good, ending kind of just ended."

    I like Jeannette Walls' Glass Castle. It's one of my favorites. This read almost along those lines. The only thing I would change would be the ending. Everything seems like it will be all okay and then it just ends. I guess for fiction it's the way it should be but it makes me want to know how the characters end up, not just for Liz and Bean but for Joe and Uncle Tinsley too.

    It was a good book just wish it had an epilogue or something lol.

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    Gail S. 02-14-17
    Gail S. 02-14-17
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    "growing up is not easy "

    growing up is difficult no matter what your situation and this story highlights the struggles

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    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 02-10-17
    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 02-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "could have been better"

    didn't love the narration
    I think it could have been done better, that being said it got me through my road trip!

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    Ellen 09-13-16
    Ellen 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read"

    It wasn't my favorite read by Jeannette Wall's, just missing a little bit of the heart I find in some her other books, it's tough to punt my finger on. almost a rushed ending. Overall it was a heartwarming story and inspired me to give sister a call.

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    Magee Jaski 06-21-16
    Magee Jaski 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a favorite"

    I found it rather annoying and the last several chapters just wanted it to end. The story didn't really go anywhere. I stuck with it hoping it would get better but it didn't.

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    Mom CPX 05-10-16
    Mom CPX 05-10-16

    Mom CPX

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    "I enjoyed it...it kept me listening"

    I learnt a little about mental health, the impact of desegregation and the importance of a good Mom...and maybe a little about justice.

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    Nancy W. 04-03-16
    Nancy W. 04-03-16
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    "Jeanette Walls great storyteller"

    The Glass Castle, fuggetaboutit. That was the first book of hers I read. Fantastic true story.
    This one also very good. I look forward toany/all her books.

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    Heather Hayes 01-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I expected much more"
    What disappointed you about The Silver Star?

    This mostly plotless, plodding narrative seems to have no idea where it's going. The writing is elementary-school level and the story is lacking. Plus, the "word plays" one character entertains herself at are just plain annoying and the long descriptions of feeding and caring for emus gets really boring...and I'm not easily bored. I found myself beginning to hope this book would be over soon, but kept reading in hopes of finding clarity about where all this was going. The answer, I learned, was....nowhere.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Secrets of a Charmed Life


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeannette Walls’s performances?

    No way. That was one of the worst parts about the book. She is not a professional reader. It's hard to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Still looking


    Any additional comments?

    Refund?

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    Danielle 07-26-15
    Danielle 07-26-15
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    "Similar Story as other Jeannette Walls books"

    I like the story but has very similar characters from The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses. I like Wells' writing style, and how a story is told but the performance lacked luster, passion, and gusto. I was waiting for her to scream as the character would scream, or argue in the same tone the character would argue in, but it was just very monotone.

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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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