Silver Star ~ Jeanette Walls

Rating: 4.5/5

Walls did it again for me. She wrote a lovely memoir that flows smoother than the White River in Vermont. In this story, she tells the tale of the time her mother left Walls and her sister alone at home for an extended period of time, which resulted in their journey to Virginia to stay with their uncle in their mothers hometown. Uncovering both the history of their family and some less than pleasant traits of members in their new community, the two sisters have a lot to learn about what life can be like.

Walls writes with such empathy for her former self while maintaining a feeling of honesty with her readers, as she reveals both good and bad elements of her youth. I’ve read both The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses, and couldn’t wait to read The Silver Star once I heard of its existence. I was not disappointed. This  is the story of the resilience of women, and particularly these two sisters. This is the story of two people who may not have had a typical nuclear family but were still able to find family and friendship in each other and the people they meet along the way. This is the story of a girl who stands up against injustice despite everyone telling her to sit down and shut up, and I’m proud to read such a strong story of the resilience of youth.

And, of course, I loved the emus.

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