The Silver Star


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Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.01 pounds

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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 also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was 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.


"Walls writes with the paired-down incisiveness of a memoirist looking for the significance of every incident, but it's the way she draws Bean, so strong even in the face of all the additional challenges that come with her age, gender, and innocence, that will make this book a hit with readers."--Nicholas Mancusi "The Daily Beast "
"At heart Walls is a wonderful yarn-spinner...This is a page-turner, built for hammock or beach reading."--Karen Valby "Entertainment Weekly "
"Great writing...An absorbing, unsentimental tale of childhood."--Chelsea Cain "The New York Times Book Review "
"Jeannette Walls transports us with her powerful storytelling...Using Bean's expertly crafted, naively stubborn voice, Walls contemplates the extraordinary bravery needed to confront real-life demons in a world where the hardest thing to do may be to not run away."--Abbe Wright "O, the Oprah magazine "
"Walls' writing is lively and her dialogue crips, and the girls' struggles with their mother ring true."--Margaret Quamme "The Columbus Dispatch "
"Walls writes with equal tenderness for her most beloved characters and the least among them. It takes a compassionate soul to find the beauty in despair and that's what Walls does best."--Amy MacKinnon "The Patriot Ledger "
Walls has written yet another gripping story of a courageous and sensible girl surviving the adults around her."--Holly Silva "St. Louis Post-Dispatch "
"Walls is adept at steeping her characters in some intense, old-fashioned drama...The Silver Star is a lovely, moving novel with an appealing narrator in Bean."--Carmela Ciuraru "USA Today "
"A polished work of fiction...Engaging...Fans will find echoes of her coruscating family chronicle that first struck a chord with readers in 2005, but The Silver Star is the novel of a more confident, mature and calculating writer...[an] atmospheric bildungsroman of adolescent passage, changing times and bent but unbroken family bonds."--Jane Sumner "Dallas Morning News "
"A great spirit comes through The Silver Star...Jeannette Walls knows how to make characters pop off the page (and tear your heart out in the process.)"--Angela Mattano "Campus Circle Magazine "
"Jeannette Walls is a master at her craft. In the same way she spoke candidly of her own parents' shortcomings in The Glass Castle, in The Silver Star she lends this candid voice to Bean, and captures the inner workings of an adolescent's mind perfectly....The Silver Star stands strong as its own story, wholly unique and wholly captivating."--Kristin Fritz " "
"[The Silver Star is] an examination of bad parenting and resilient children in a rich and complex setting. Bean is a compelling character, and it is fascinating to watch her ideas about both her mother and her sister change as the book progresses."--Sarah Rachel Egelman " "
"Jeannette Walls jumps off the memoir train and hitches a ride on the novel form with The Silver Star."--Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair "
"Walls writes with easy assurance about Liz and Bean, proving in fiction as she did in her memoir, The Glass Castle, that she knows children's hearts--as well as the evil that can lurk in the hearts of grown-ups."--Parade
"With immense charm and warmth, Walls, the author of The Glass Castle, has created a lively account of kids finding a way to thrive in the absence of reliable parents."--Real Simple
"[A] captivating, read-in-one-sitting, coming-of-age adventure."--Booklist
"When Bean reads To Kill a Mockingbird in school, she seems like a long-lost cousin to Scout...She makes for a strong and spunky protagonist."--Publishers Weekly
"Walls turns what could have been another sentimental girl-on-the-run-finds-home clichΓ© into a fresh consideration of both adolescence and the South on the cusp of major social change."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"By turns witty, warm and provocative, this all ages read by the author of The Glass Castle is a perfect choice for your high school mother-daughter book club or to throw in your beach bag this summer."