The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

silver starBy the author of Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, this is a novel of two sisters with a here-today, gone-for-a-few-months mother….sound familiar? The lead characters are scrappy, independent, emotional, and smart like the kids in Walls’ other books; but they need a parent, nonetheless. Set in Virginia, I think, a mill-town, where the sisters land to live for a while with their father’s side of the family–people they’ve neverĀ  met. Lots happens here; I enjoyed it, but only to pass the time. It didn’t grab me like Walls’ memoir, or her novel based on her grandmother’s event-filled life, the Half-broke Horses. It may have been a bit too sad for me right now.

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