New York: Scribner, 2005. First Edition. Octavo (24 cm.) 288 pp.
Half-cloth, slate-blue boards, and light grey spine with titles in silver. Pictorial dust jacket with photo of whispering children. Fine. Item #10
"Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Tolstoy
Jeannette Walls is the archetype of the writer who took a childhood of lemons and made lemonade. Walls' portrait of her family is as one would paint a sublimely, beautiful ruin. As her parents struggled to define themselves through art, through increasingly challenging experiences, constantly beating against conformity, Jeanette and her three siblings often had to fend for themselves. Strange, lovely, sad and funny. It gets the Tolstoy stamp of approval.