I was drawn into this book immediately and couldn't stop reading. Jeanette Walls grew up in a nomadic existence with free wheeling parents Rex and Rosemary, who move their four children around the country. Often relocating in the cover of night, the children all struggle with the lack of roots in different ways. The characters and scenes come to life through her descriptions and the story of how she overcame her unusual upbringing to become a stable, well-off adult is captivating. As soon as I finished this book I got her other two and devoured them just as fast. I would read this woman's grocery list.— From Andi
Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.
MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.
The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.
The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
"Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."
"Walls has a God-given knack for spinning a yarn, and The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
"Each memory is more incredible than the last... That Walls recounts them so well and in such detail is our good fortune."
"On the eighth day, when God was handing out whining privileges, he came upon Jeannette Walls and said, 'For you, an unlimited lifetime supply.' Apparently, Walls declined His kind offer."
"Charles Dickens's scenes of poverty and hardship are no more audacious and no more provocative than those in the pages of this stunning memoir."
"Some people are born storytellers. Some lives are worth telling. The best memoirs happen when these two conditions converge. In The Glass Castle, they have."
"The Glass Castle is the kind of story that keeps you awake long after the rest of the house has fallen asleep."
"The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."