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The Silver Star by Jeannette Wells

Thanks to Beth for bringing in this month’s selection.
As mentioned at club, some of our meetup dates conflict with another group who already has the room booked. Due to this, this month and September we will not meet on Tuesday as we have the last couple of times.
I apologize to those who cannot meet on other dates. Hopefully, this gives others the opportunity to join though.

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Our book this month is The Silver Star- Happy Reading!
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 But when school starts in the fall, its Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, won't have the time to get to this.

    August 11, 2013

    • Christine

      Sorry to miss you Phyllis.

      August 12, 2013

  • Andy

    Cancelling on account of a last minute issue.

    August 12, 2013

  • Laneda

    All ready to go.....and fell asleep! Long hard day, but I'd been looking forward to the meeting for weeks. I liked the book, but not as much as "The Glass Castle".

    August 12, 2013

    • Christine

      Sorry to miss u! And I agree with you on glass castle.

      August 12, 2013

  • Christine

    Great discussion. Do wish the characters would have been a bit more developed but easy read... I recommend the glass castle... If you read it, let me know what you think. Maybe we can make it a selection for one of our meet ups. Tiff good to see you again and happy we had new folks !! Thanks for coming.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jury duty has cramped my reading time (3 week trial), so haven't finished reading

    August 11, 2013

  • Cathy W.

    Have to be out of town, will look for the comments

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ...read a couple reviews that make this one look very worthwhile so hope to attend. Will update if there's a change.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stoked to meet everyone! Happy reading until then!

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Christine

    For those interested our 'rejects' were:
    The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
    Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingslover
    (we had an extra book for review )

    June 17, 2013

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