The Glass Castle
“Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home… (GoodReads
I actually downloaded this book a couple of years ago. I tried to read it the first time without knowing what to expect and it didn’t grab my interest. When I saw that a movie came out for the book, I remembered that I’d never finished reading it. So I went back into my Kindle library and started this memoir from the beginning. I absolutely loved this book, I finished it in just a few days because I couldn’t stop reading!
I enjoy success stories about defying odds and persevering despite disadvantages/circumstances. What I admired most about Walls, is that while she acknowledges her parents’ poor decisions she never blamed them for anything. In fact, she credits them for their intelligence, the values they taught her, and the challenges that shaped her motivation and character.
This is an easy read and a great story about dysfunctional family and unconditional love. Who can’t relate to that? I hope this memoir further inspires you to embrace where you come from and to not hide who you are. I highly recommend reading this book!
I still haven’t watched the movie…