The Silver Star

The Silver Star

by Jeannette Walls
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The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

From one of the greatest storytellers of our time, the acclaimed, bestselling, "gripping story of a courageous and sensible girl surviving the adults around her" (St. Louis Post Dispatch)—"a page turner" (Entertainment Weekly).

It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, 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 widowed 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 stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart—an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

Jeannette Walls 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451661545
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 18,352
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is the author of a novel, Half Broke Horses, named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

Hometown:

Culpeper, Virginia

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1960

Place of Birth:

Phoenix, Arizona

Education:

B.A., Barnard College, 1984

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The Silver Star: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 200 reviews.
AmandaListon More than 1 year ago
There is just something about Walls’s writing that I can’t defend my heart against.  I’m helpless, and I’m forced to say “goodbye” to anything else I was supposed to accomplish while I have her book in my hands.  She writes in a way that’s so intimate yet effortless that it feels as though my best friend since birth is telling me a story over coffee, not that I’m reading a novel on my comfortable couch.  I’ve never read another author that can do this even half as well, and I would love to meet her in person (hint hint: book tour, please make a stop in Phoenix!) and ask her where this quality comes from. Bean, the character who tells the story in first person, is twelve and is in that precious and frightening time where the entering of adolescence is providing first glimpses into adulthood.  She and her sister are faced with the issues of abandonment, sexism, racism, and politics in the passions of the American South and sometimes it seems as though the rights and wrongs have mixed into such a muddy grey that she doesn’t know what to do. Even my very minor qualms with the story are truly attributes of the author’s talented writing.  Some of the side characters, other than Bean and Liz, felt under-developed, especially because their mother who was in and out of the story.  But because the story is told from Bean’s perspective and the abandonment by their mother creates such a filter of how they see the world, or possibly even the removal of her inaccurate filter from their vision, I see that Walls was creating the world for the reader that the girls were experience first hand.  Perhaps the development of their mother’s character is a bit latent because that’s the exact role she plays in her daughters’ lives: one of inconsistency.  I’m telling you, she is so impressive that even my small complaints must be turned into raving compliments! Jeannette Walls’ writing is undeniable, and the complex stories she’s able to tell with the unstoppable voice of an early-adolescent ensures that this book will be a future classic that’s studied in literature classes for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. From the first page on it was impossible to put down. The characters are so unique and well crafted it moves the story effortlessly. Two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the beginnng, but the book fell flat. Ending had so much to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is thought provoking and easy to read. It is a good first attempt at a novel for this author of biography. I would give high praise to her other work (Half Broke Horses and Glass Castle). If you enjoy her style you will appreciate this. I would recommend the others first.
keywest31 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book ! I could not put it down, read it in two nights . Would highly recommend. Great characters and story line that had me hooked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
no where near as good as her first two books.   it was ok, but really, i was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It felt more like a young adult novel. There was so much more potential in the characters and it was kind of a disappointment for me. Quick read, as always, looking forward to her next novel.
jkb306 More than 1 year ago
A quick and quirky read in the typical style of Jeanette Walls. I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoyed her previous books.
corkyANDme More than 1 year ago
Another good , funny , story by Jeanette
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! A great read and was hard to put down.
Einnoc-the-Elder More than 1 year ago
Not as wonderful as the Glass Castle, but still a fine book about the lives of children with flaky parents. Jeanette Walls truly understands the feeling of children who do not have parents they can count on for support. Heart warming tale of good kids.
reader-on-the-go More than 1 year ago
Like her other books, this one does not dissappoint. Great story and characters. I work full time and am a slow reader....finished it in three days. Highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a preview in Good Housekeeping Magazine and couldn't get it out of my mind so I bought the book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This is the first book I read by Jeannette Walls and I will read more of her books based on other reviewers recommendations as quite a few said her other books were even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Could not put it down and I read it in 2 days. I have read all of Jeannette Walls books and have enjoyed each one very much. Just like her other books this would make a good book club read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those rare reads you do not want to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading The Silver Star I couldn't put it down. The characters were totally authentic. The only reason I gave it four stars is that I think it seems like a YA novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Jeannette Walls' writing, the story of these two sisters does not disappoint.
Oliviafar More than 1 year ago
Jeannette Walls is an amazing writer. This book had me from the beginning. I loved all the characters. She really shows the characters personalities which I love. I wish the ending of the book was different, but other than that I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read
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Enjoyed reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and love Jeanette Walls' writing style. It feels like something I would write myself, had I the skill! i intend to read all her books. The characters come alive. Wishe she would come to Tucson for a visit with all the book club people here!
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