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The Silver Star: A novel by Jeannette Walls

The Silver Star: A novel by Jeannette Walls

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The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

IT IS 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” 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 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 many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town—a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister—inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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.

Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, 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.
The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

IT IS 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” 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 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 many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town—a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister—inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. 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.

Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, 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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A Division o Simon & Schuster, Inc.1230 Avenue o the AmericasNew York, NY 10020Tis book is a work o fction. Any reerences to historical events, real people,or real places are used fctitiously. Other names, characters, places, and eventsare products o the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual eventsor places or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2013 by Jeannette WallsAll rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereo in any orm whatsoever. For inormation, address Scribner Subsidiary RightsDepartment, 1230 Avenue o the Americas, New York, NY 10020.First Scribner hardcover edition June 2013
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CHAPTER FIVE
The birds woke
me early the next morning. I had never heardsuch noisy birds. I went to the window, and they were everywhere—in the trees right outside, on the ground, swooping in and out o thebarn like they owned the place, all the dierent chirps and tweetsand warbling making this incredible commotion.Liz and I got dressed and walked down to the house. Whenwe knocked on the ront door, there was no answer, so we wentaround to the back. Trough a window, we could see Uncle ins-ley moving around inside the kitchen. Liz rapped on the window-pane, and Uncle insley opened the door but blocked it like he hadthe night beore. He had shaved, his wet hair was combed, the partwas straight, and instead o his bathrobe, he was wearing gray trou-sers and a light blue shirt with
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monogrammed on the pocket.“How did you girls sleep?” he asked.“Just ne,” Liz said.“Te birds sure are noisy,” I said.“I don’t use pesticides, so the birds love it around here,” Uncleinsley said.“Did Mom call, by any chance?” Liz asked.“Araid not.”

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