Good Read: The Silver Star

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestseller The Glass Castle has been translated into 22 languages and was read by just about everyone I know: my grandmother, my mom, my best friends (male and female,) and every book club in town. I stocked up on extra copies just so I could give them away to anyone who said they hadn’t read it. It is THAT good.

Her follow-up novel, the semi-biographical Half Broke Horses (2009) portrayed her grandmother’s story, another heart wrenching tale of growing up in a tumultuous and at times unbelievable world. I tore through this one just as fast as Glass Castle and relished its Little House on the Prairie goes badass quality.

Now, Walls debuts her first purely fictional work, The Silver Star, told from the perspective of a girl on the brink of teenage-hood in the 70s, with a stardom seeking mother who leaves for undetermined amounts of time, leaving her two daughters with frozen chicken pot pies to hold them over until she returns. In the absence of their mother, the girls must take their lives into their own hands and discover their mother’s past while determining their own futures.

Out in June, The Silver Star is a perfect read for your summer vaca—hilarious and serious, deep yet light at the same time. This is the next book that you’ll be farming out to your friends after you’re done!

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