I just finished up listening to the audio book The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.
When I read the book description it sounded like a coming of age story so I grabbed this one and added it to my wait list on my on line library. Finally it came available and I was glued to the book.
I love the book. I loved it a lot. It is a memoir so at times, it makes it a bit of a tough read knowing children went through all the things that these kids did. Reading it’s quite obvious that the parents loved the kids as they could but mental illness made that hard for them to properly care for the kids. There’s a saying that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. These kids are proof of that.
Here’s what Amazon has to say….
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.
As I was writing this review I discovered that this book is becoming a movie. I am absolutely thrilled to know this is in production to be a movie. Here’s the trailer for it.
You can bet that I’ll be going!
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I’m giving it FIVE! That doesn’t happen often.