Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - The Silver Star; Jeanette Walls


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I haven't participated in this weekly even in a while, but when I saw this one yesterday, I decided to share my "can't-wait-to-read" selection: The Silver Star; Jeanette Walls - June 2013 - Scribner.

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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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

21 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! I had no idea Walls was writing another book but I guess it has been several years since Half Broke Horses came out.

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  2. Oh, I loved The Glass Castle...and that reminds me that I still have Half Broke Horses on Sparky...unread! Must rectify that...and then order this one.

    Good to see you here again!

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  3. This novel sounds very interesting. I'm going to check out "The Glass Castle". It's the first time I hear about this author, so thanks for sharing!

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    I'm also a new follower. :)

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  4. I don't know if I could take whatever happens in the car!!!

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  5. This does sound heartbreaking and distressing but gives us the idea the girls triumph in the end. Yaah!

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  6. I love memoirs! Nice to see one up in a WOW post!

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  7. That sure sounds mighty interesting!

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  8. First I've heard of this new book. And now you've just reminded me that I have a copy of The Glass Castle and haven't read it yet.

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  9. Welcome back to WoW! I loved The Glass Castle. I'm so intrigued that she's written a novel...it's on my list, as well!

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  10. I've seen a lot of buzz around this one already -- can't wait to see the reviews!

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  11. This sounds like something that I would like very much, though it does sound dark and full of ambiance. I'm glad that it touched you so, and that you saw the brilliance in it. Your review really reflects that today.

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  12. I always enjoy seeing Solitude of Prime Numbers show up on your blog (under the post).

    I have only read on Walls book. Her stories are too close to home (crazy mother). HA

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  13. I haven't heard about this one, but it does sound like a good book.

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  14. I can't resist a book where people are overcoming bad circumstances. Sounds like one to add to my list.

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  15. I JUST saw something about this today before coming here. Weird!

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  16. This one sounds like a winner although it may have some dark moments.

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  17. I am pinning it on my want to read board now! I had The Glass Castle and I don't think I ever got around to reading it. Will have to go see if I still do. Thanks Diane for highlighting this one!

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  18. Ooooh, I didn't know she had a new one out. I'd love to read this one.

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  19. I like her so I'm pretty sure I would read this one!!

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