The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The newest book by beloved memoir-writer Jeannette Walls is simply stunning. With remnants of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, we follow the journey of 12 year old Bean and her older sister Liz, as they come to grips with a borderline and abandoning mother, travel across country to find their uncle in order to avoid the DCFS, and try to find work in 1970’s small town Virginia. What I find so engrossing about Walls’ novel is the matter-of-fact-ness in her 12 year old protagonist Bean, as she subtly lays out her naiveté and her stubbornness to get justice done, when in her own life there was only injustice. A truly great novel.