In spite of really horrific weather, we had a small but lively and interesting group for the discussion of “The Glass Castle” on Wednesday, January 28th. The discussion was particularly intense at times because we all had different reactions to the book which tells the tale of Jeannette Walls who grew up in the world’s most dysfunctional family. Ms. Walls relates an absorbing, albeit at times unbelievable, story of her nomadic upbringing.
This memoir was challenging on several fronts: the rootlessness of Ms. Walls’ childhood in the West and then the dire poverty she and her family experienced in West Virginia made her success in her career and marriage all the more astounding.