I kept having to remind myself that this was a memoir and not a work of fiction. Jeannette Walls's recounting of her childhood of poverty and neglect blurs the lines between parental love and child abuse. Walls's narrative starts as a young child, blissfully ignorant to the fact of her family's poverty and enjoying the freedom and excitement of living in the wild desert. However, as she gradually gets older and the veil of fun and innocence falls away she begins to see and feel the debilitating emotional and physical damage of growing up in poverty. She soon realizes that her parent's love and good intentions are not enough to keep her and her siblings safe. This book will thaw your heart and freeze it over, often at the same time.— From Alyssa
"Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."
The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
-- Entertainment Weekly
Memoirs are our modern fairy tales.... The autobiographer is faced with the daunting challenge of attempting to understand, forgive, and even love the witch.... Readers will marvel at the intelligence and resilience of the Walls kids."
-- Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review, front page