Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” reads like an answer to “You should write a book.”
She tells the story of her childhood with her creative but flaky mother and brilliant but alcoholic father. It was a wild ride through the desert, West Virginia and finally New York City that I can imagine people reacting to with, “Wow, that’s unbelievable.”
Her story reminded me a little bit of Mary Karr’s “Liar’s Club,” in that Dad was an alcoholic who was beloved but ultimately disappointing. I dog-eared more pages of Karr’s memoir for her lyrical writing, but Walls’ effort is no less literary. As a Midwesterner, I appreciated Walls’ perspective on New York — she’s an insider with an outsider’s perspective.
Interestingly, Walls followed up her memoir with “Half Broke Horses” in 2010 which is described as a “true life novel” about her grandmother. I’ll be adding that work to my “to read” list on Goodreads.