The Silver Star: A Novel

Written by:
Jeannette Walls
Narrated by:
Jeannette Walls

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2013
7 hours 48 minutes
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle and Hang the Moon, Jeannette Walls’s gripping novel 'transports us with her powerful storytelling...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).

It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart—an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
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Brad D.

As with her other titles, I couldn't get enough of it! I can hardly wait for another.

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Sheena P.

Entertaining enough for a long drive. I guess the writing makes up for the fact that it’s quite slow moving & a little boring. I did enjoy listening though. Ironically, I found myself often correcting the narrator’s intonation. Found out after that the narrator is in fact the author! Surprising. Recommend for an easy listen, but not if you want something with a bit more drama or suspense.

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Johna B

Loved it!

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Jennifer Castanon

A heartwarming story of sisterly love and devotion. Set in Vietnam War era America, this novel delicately explores the issues of race, single parenthood, poverty, family bonds, adolescence, mental illness and sexual assault. The narration was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book!

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Matthew DeYoung

Very good book. I enjoyed listening to it. I recommend to others for easy listening.

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