The Silver Star - Jeannette Walls

The Silver Star

By Jeannette Walls

  • Release Date: 2013-06-11
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
Score: 4
From 794 Ratings


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle and Hang the Moon, Jeannette Walls’s gripping novel "transports us with her powerful storytelling...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" (O, The Oprah Magazine).

It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart—an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.


  • Small pee pee energy

    By Bione24
    Too thin.
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  • Dumb

    By Lorib ell
    The book started off as a good read but half way through it just went downhill- it read more like a teen/young adult book. The Glass Castle is a much better book
  • A wonderful read

    By Pnugent723
    You grow to love Bean and Liz and how brave they are.
  • Jeanette never ceases to amaze

    By jordan simone
    For someone who appreciates good quick reads, this book is a must. Walls' writing style is simple and pure pleasure to read. The story is thrilling, unexpected, and well thought. Loved it!
  • Good Read...

    By Rapha Fan
    I started this book a couple times - just didn't get hooked - till this time! Easy fast read - like watching a movie. Love that bright & brave little Bean. I know her Daddy would surely be proud of her! Loved it!
  • Heartwarming, inspirational...

    By jene20
    Loved the book. A great study in the elements of the human character and its evolution.A must read!
  • Love

    By Bratwood1992
    I always love Jeanette's writing capabilities. She never disappoints. I wish this book would have been longer, I wanted to know so much more. It was a very good read.
  • Loved this book!

    By Steamboatjody
    I literally couldn't put this book down and read it in a day. I enjoyed the other two books as well but this book is really a page turner and such a great story.
  • The Silver Star

    By JSPoulsbo
    I absolutely loved The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, so I was very disappointed in this latest book. It appears to be written for pre-teens. Issues are dealt with on a superficial level and the characters are thinly drawn. While I can't recommend The Silver Star, I will eagerly await Jeanette Walls next book. She is a gifted writer and has made a temporary blunder here, I hope.