From the Publisher
The first book by the beloved author of the new novel The
Silver Star, the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, "nothing short
of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of
the world's most gifted storytellers that has been on the New
York Times bestseller list for more than six years.
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
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.