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The Glass Castle is the memoir of Jeanette Walls life and her dysfunctional family's memorable experiences as she grows up in impoverished environments. The story of her childhood begins when she reflects on severely burning herself while attempting to cook resulting her in being taken to the hospital.
For the first part of her life, the Walls are constantly traveling across the country temporarily settling in small mining towns on the West cost of America. Her alcoholic father Rex Walls and her mom Rose Mary have a inconsistent relationship but still manage raise four children (Jeanette, Lori, Brian, and Maureen). Although they never had much, the Walls learned the importance of sticking together as family and independence.
time to skedaddle
. Although her dad was gifted in math in science he preferred irregular jobs that didn't provide great financial benefits to support his family. They moved often and lived in places such as Battle Mountain and Phoenix. While traveling, he tells many stories about his life and his future intentions including the glass castle he wants to build. Eventually, they finally decide to settle in Welch.
Living in Welch was a very new experience for the Walls family that brought along its own challenges. They settled in a run down house with no insulation and no plumbing making their lives even harder. Often times they dug threw trash cans searching for food and depended on state checks to pay mortgage.
why do we have to dig in the trash
Both Lori and Jeanette desired to leave their home in Welch in search of a better life and stable environment. Although enduring tough challenges, the Walls children learned to lookout for themselves and didn't depend on anyone to solve their problems. Lori was first to leave but Jeannette soon followed after along with the rest of her family.
you're tearing this family apart
36 more hours until my sister leaves for New York
After living a difficult childhood that required them to grow up quickly in order to sustain their needs, they children escaped hardship and became successful. Jeanette reflects on her life and becomes appreciative of her family because of the experiences she shared with them making her into the person she is today. She teaches the reader that you make the best of any situation as long as you are willing to work for change
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