The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Non-Fiction
It amazes me how some people survive chaotic, poor, dysfunctional childhoods and emerge as successful and forgiving adults. This is that kind of true story.
It opens with the narrator observing her homeless mother searching for food in a New York City rubbish bin, as she passes in a cab. A sad family story emerges of neglect, promises not kept and endless hunger. Of a family who ‘skiddadle’ from town to town, while their alcoholic father fills them with dreams of the Glass Castle he will build for them when he hits it big. Their mother slowly unravels into a sort of childlike existence.
It’s a story that makes you appreciate what you have, and marvel at how little some children can expect from the world, yet this memoir is full of love and forgiveness. Recommended to senior students and adults.