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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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

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

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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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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

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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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.