Jeannette Walls hit the bestseller lists with her first book, the heartbreaking yet hopeful memoir The Glass Castle. She then repeated her success with her second book, Half Broke Horses. This book, labeled a “A true life novel”, is based on her grandmother’s life.
This coming June, Walls has a new book being released, a novel, called The Silver Star. From the book’s description:
From one of the bestselling 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 twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen 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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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.
Simon & Schuster Canada has kindly provided me with an advanced reading copy of the novel and I am keen to jump into the read. I know many people have been deeply affected by Walls’ previous books, so I am happy to let you know that beginning today, and running until April 8th, you can enter to win one of ten Jeannette Walls prize packs from the publisher.
I wish you great good luck and let me know if you are one of the lucky winners!! I will have a review of the novel for you very soon.