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Book Review The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

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I found this true story very similar to Tara Westover’s “Educated”. A deep and disturbing look at how children survive growing up in dysfunctional, often violent, and deeply impoverished family.

Tracing Jeannette Walls climb out of poverty and neglect to her life today as a successful writer and contributor for the likes of Esquire and MSNBC. The Glass Castle is an astonishing look at an all to common and oft ignored American tragedy of childhood neglect.

Jeannette Walls and her three siblings are raised by a brilliant father who is also a raging alcoholic. Her free-spirited mother has little interest in domestic life, leaves her children to fend for themselves, even when she has the financial opportunity to provide and pull them out of despair and poverty.

The Walls children are forced to learn to take care of themselves and each other, nearly starving or freezing to death in the cold winters.

Eventually making her way to New York, getting an education and a good job, Jeannette finds it impossible to talk about her upbringing or the fact that her parents are living homeless on the streets of New York. She is ashamed of them and the way they live. Until she is encouraged by those closest to her, to tell this real life story of surviving neglect and despair, even while still loving her parents.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four stars for The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Read last week’s review of My Sister’s Keeper.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Lisa Dorenfest

    Wow! It sounds like such a poignant story. I adored Tara Westover’s Educated and am amazed by such stories of resilience and finding success after such a rocky beginning. Emerging successfully from a childhood like that definitely builds character (if one can survive it.) Thanks for the recommendation.

    November 20, 2019 at 8:35 am
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