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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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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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Excellent Author and narrator

Love this author's stories. Other works I've listen to are Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses. Really enjoyed her maternal grand mother story although her own story is a jaw dropper as well. The human story is always most interesting. prefer iut to mist other genres. I well always checked out what this author chooses to create.

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Simple, yet gripping.

Walls is a natural story teller. I enjoyed every second, and was sad to see it end.

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The Silver Star

Definitely Jeannette Walls work. As soon as I get self righteous and judge a character as good or bad...they redeem themselves. Actually people do this to me a lot in real life. Author not afraid to get real. Tough, honest, optimistic and realistic...I think Jeannette Walls could be as good a person as she is writer--and that is good to an incredible degree!

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סיפור מקסים. חבל שנגמר :)

הספר הראשון שלי באפליקצייה. חוויה מעולה. מומלץ מאוד לכל מי שאוהב ספרים וסיפורים ומעוניין לשפר את האנגלית שלו על הדרך.

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Just alright

Although I am head over heals for Jeanette's other two novels, this book didn't really compare. The plot was somewhat similar to The Glass Castle but stayed pretty surface level. Not a bad read, but not something I'd read again.

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Interesting Story

From reading Walls' other books, you can see some of her past experiences influencing this story.
I enjoyed the novel quite a bit.

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Enjoyed story but disliked narration

Love Jeannette 's writings, but will never listen to her narrate again. There's something about her voice and inflection that was wrong. Too bad, but I will "read" her next book.

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I enjoyed it

I liked it slightly less than "The Glass Castle". What I found particularly annoying is her references to the dollar store, which most likely wasn't even in existence when the story was supposedly taking place. The story seemed like a bit of a rehash.

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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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growing up is not easy

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