The Silver Star

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Readers who liked Jeannette Walls' gripping memoir, "The Glass Castle," will want to read her new novel, "The Silver Star," that deals with the effects of a mentally ill parent on a child.  Bean Hollady is twelve, and her sister Liz is three years older.  It's 1970 in small town California, and their mother, a misunderstood singer-songwriter, has taken off to "find herself."  With money running low, and the child welfare authorities at their door, the sisters take a bus to Virginia, to vist an uncle they haven't seen in years.