Monday, 30 September 2013

Musing Monday: The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

This week's Musing Mondays: "What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!"

This is actually related to my Something New Challenge. But more on that on Wednesday. At the moment, I truly am desperate to get my hands on a copy of Jeannette Walls' "The Silver Star". I need to have a copy like, NOW. I know I can read pretty fast compared to most people that I know, but I need to finish this book before Thursday for a book club meeting. Gulp!

Anyway, I've just read the blurb for "The Silver Star", and it sounds like it's going to be a brilliant read. Here's a thumbnail & excerpt from
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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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. 
What do you think of it? Sounds a little bit heavy, but I want to know what happens!

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  1. Sounds good! Let us know what you think of it. Oh, and Griffin is gorgeous!

  2. I loved it! Finished it and realised I'd stayed up until 3am. Oops! :) Thanks Udita!