The Silver Star

The Silver Star

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Abandoned by their mother, Bean and her sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying mansion of their uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before Liz has a life-shattering experience.

Baker
& Taylor

Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience. Simultaneous.

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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2013
ISBN: 9781442362857
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC WAL
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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JCLJoyceM Mar 23, 2016

I loved this book and want to read more by Walls! It would make a great movie. Some of the most believable characters I have met recently. Tension builds as you meet Maddox and wonder what he is up to and how it will affect these girls.

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FVReader
Feb 01, 2015

I really enjoyed Bean. She's a bit like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The other characters weren't as developed as Bean. Perhaps this is Bean's story but it seemed wider than that and the others were worth exploring deeper than they were.
Jeannette Walls reads this story well.
The story of Liz & Bean's lives with their unstable mother is touching and told with understanding and love. The mother is never turned into a bad or unwanted mother. She's loved by her daughters, despite her problems; they respect her for who she is and what she brings to their family when she's able.
This was an interesting story and I loved the addition of the emus.

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jescar82
May 24, 2014

Author's first fiction novel for adults and teens. Not as good as Half Broke Horses and The Glass Castle.

carolsbrown Sep 27, 2013

Same author as Half Broke Horses and Glass Castle

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jescar82
May 24, 2014

jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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