Our patrons love Jeannette Walls' books, so I thought I would try The Silver Star on audiobook--and I'm glad I did. This emotional and poignant story is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Jean "Bean" Holladay. It is 1970 in California and Bean and her 15-year-old sister Liz are left home alone when their mother abandons them to launch a career as a singer. When Bean gets home from school and sees a police car waiting outside, the two girls escape to their mother's hometown across the county in Virginia.
In Virginia, they find uneasy refuge at their Uncle's house, a run-down, secret-filled mansion that's been in the family for generations. As Bean as Liz work to adjust and make a place for themselves, they also start to learn some dark truths about who their father was, why their mother left years ago, and why she didn't want to come back. Though parts of this book are heartbreaking, the overall theme is about love overcoming griefs. A great, moving read.
Recommended by Carol Landis