OCTOBER 2013 - THE SILVER STAR

THE SILVER STAR by Jeannette Walls The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult worlda 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 thats been in Charlottes 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 towna big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sisterinventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, its Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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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  • SELMA R.

    wonderful as usual. Gets my brain really going!!!!!

    October 3, 2013

  • Lynn M.

    Illuminating, as usual! I still don't like the book, but it was a good discussion.

    October 3, 2013

  • Eileen K

    Another wonderful book discussion!

    October 3, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi Susan, I'm having car trouble tonight( after my car was just in the shop for 2 weeks!) I don't think I'm going to make it at this point, but if anything changes I'll try to come.

    October 3, 2013

    • Susan

      Don't know if you will see this in time, but if you want me to pick you up I will

      October 3, 2013

  • christine

    Work commitment. Won't be able to attend.

    September 30, 2013

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