The Silver Star

By Jeannette Walls

The Silver Star

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The Silver Star

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It is in a small California city in 1970. "Bean" Holladay is twelve years old and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when her artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving enough money for her girls to last for a month or two. When one day Bean returns from school and sees a police car out... side the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that Charlotte's family has been in for generations. Bean, an impetuous optimist, soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories of why their mother first left Virginia. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for town mill foreman Jerry Maddox, who bullies his workers, tenants, children, and wife. Liz is whip-smart--an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist, but when school begins in the fall, it is Bean who adjusts easily, and Liz who is increasingly withdrawn from school. And then something happens to Liz in Maddox's car. Jeannette Walls has written a profoundly moving novel about the triumph over adversity and people who, despite their flaws and injustices, find a way to love one another and the world.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    Scribner

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Jun 11, 2013

  • ISBN

    1451661509 , 9781451661507

  • FORMAT

    Hardcover

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    267

Quote from The Silver Star

I'm none too big on giving advice,'
Aunt Al said. 'Most times when folks ask for advice, they already know what they should do. They just want to hear it from someone else.

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