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Author: Jeannette Walls Narrator: Jeannette Walls Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781442362864
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From one of the bestselling memoirists of all time, a stunning and heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

It is 1970. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman “who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble,” takes off to “find herself.” She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

The author of The Glass Castle, hyper-alert to abuse of adult power, has written a gorgeous, riveting, heartbreaking novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love the world despite its flaws and injustices. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel’s strength lies in capturing the complexity of Bean's and Liz's shifting loyalties. Walls turns what could have been another sentimental girl-on-the-run-finds-home cliché into a fresh consideration of both adolescence and the South on the cusp of major social change.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Walls’ writing is lively and her dialogue crisp, and the girls’ struggles with their mother ring true.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “A polished work of fiction…Engaging…Fans will find echoes of her coruscating family chronicle that first struck a chord with readers in 2005, but The Silver Star is the novel of a more confident, mature, and calculating writer…[An] atmospheric bildungsroman of adolescent passage, changing times, and bent but unbroken family bonds.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Walls writes with the pared-down incisiveness of a memoirist looking for the significance of every incident, but it’s the way she draws Bean, so strong even in the face of all the additional challenges that come with her age, gender, and innocence, that will make this book a hit with readers.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Walls has written yet another gripping story of a courageous and sensible girl surviving the adults around her.”

    St. Louis Post Dispatch

  • “At heart Walls is a wonderful yarn-spinner…This is a page-turner, built for hammock or beach reading.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • The Silver Star turns out to be an absorbing, unsentimental tale of childhood, place, and emus.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Walls is adept at steeping her characters in some intense, old-fashioned drama…The Silver Star is a lovely, moving novel with an appealing narrator in Bean.”

    USA Today

  • “Walls writes with easy assurance about Liz and Bean, proving in fiction as she did in her memoir, The Glass Castle, that she knows children’s hearts—as well as the evil that can lurk in the hearts of grown-ups.”


  • “Jeannette Walls transports us with her powerful storytelling…Using Bean’s expertly crafted, naïvely stubborn voice, Walls contemplates the extraordinary bravery needed to confront real-life demons in a world where the hardest thing to do may be to not run away.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] captivating, read-in-one-sitting, coming-of-age adventure.”


  • Selected for the June 2013 Indie Next List
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, June 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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About the Author

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and worked as a journalist in New York for two decades. Her internationally bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, is a triumphant account of overcoming a difficult childhood and was chosen as Elle magazine’s book of the year. She is a recipient of numerous honors and awards. Walls and her husband, writer John Taylor, live in rural Virginia.