The Silver Star

Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the New York Times book review I come across new and interesting books to read. Years ago I picked up the The Glass Castle and I absolutely loved it. That was a time I was reading novels which were not typical to me. The vivid imaginations in the form of a memoir appealed to me.  Recently I saw that Ms. Walls has written this book and I had to read it. The Silver Star tells the story of two sisters who are left to fend for themselves. As they travel cross-country to get to their mother’s hometown you can see how they take care of each other through a basic concept of survival. I have a very close relationship with my brother. I remember when we were younger, we were always together. Our parents always relied on me to take care of him. We didn’t have these types of adventures but we did have the bond which caused to always be there for each other. We are still the same way. We know when the other needs to vent or just needs someone to talk to. Maybe this is why I really liked this book. These two girls are always together but they seem to not have the conflicts most siblings have when forced to spend great amounts of time together. Some parts of the book also remind of the relationship between Scout and Jem from  my favorite book of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.




Here is the real summary:

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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