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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
4 February
Little, Brown Book Group
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

Rezzie9 ,

Loved it!

Couldn’t put it down! I had to remind myself many times that it was a true story! Can’t wait for the movie!

Georgie777 ,

The Glass Castle

Loved this book. Jeanette & her sibling's triumph over abject poverty, hardship and their utterly incapable parents is a great read. I loved the way the story is told through the innocent eyes of Jeanette treating everything adults would view with contempt and disdain as just another of Dad's adventures. So well written I could feel the exasperating heat of the American South West desert and the bone chilling, icy cold of the West Virginian valleys. ***** Five stars from me! A terrific read!!

joychong88 ,


An amazing book I read ages ago and am thrilled that it's available on the iPad now

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