Their Children Prospered | The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Title: The Glass Castle
By: Jeannette Walls
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Summary from Goodreads: The perennially bestselling, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers—soon to be a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.
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 beloved memoir that has lived on the bestseller list for more than six years.
Review: I loved this book. It has been a while since a story has made me feel so inspired and heartbroken at the same time. The crazy part is that this is a true story. Jeanette Walls went through a crazy childhood with her eccentric parents and the outrageous conditions their parents allowed them to live in. It is amazing that the children all survived and went on to be productive and normal members of society.
I've already procured the movie from the library and I'm excited to watch it. If you want a story of overcoming the odds, then you will need to read this book.