The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Paperback (04 May 2006)

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Publisher's Synopsis

Now a major motion picture starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.

This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents.

At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.

Book information

ISBN: 9781844081820
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 070.092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 341
Weight: 274g
Height: 127mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 22mm