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GUIDE FOR THE GLASS CASTLE BY JEANETTE WALLS
Just when the behavior of Rex and Rose Mary cannot be any more ironic
and strange, they do something else to just make the reader shake her
head: Mom convincing Dad to come back to New York, knowing he will start
drinking again and Dad becoming angry because Jeannetteís generous gifts
remind him he has never taken care of his children they way they deserved.
Dad and Mom are beginning the third year of homelessness, and Jeannette has come to accept that this is the way it is going to be. Mom blames it all on the city. ďThey make it too easy to be homeless. If it was really unbearable, weíd do something different.Ē
In August, Dad calls to go over her course selection sheet with her,
but Jeannette tells him sheís dropping out. She explains that sheís $1000
short of her tuition money with no hopes of having it on time. A week
later, Dad calls Jeannette and asks her to meet him at Loriís apartment.
When she arrives, he empties a bag on the table and it is filled with
hundreds of dollars adding up to $950. Also in one of the bags is a mink
coat and he figures she can pawn it for at least $50. He had won it all
playing poker. So for her final year at Barnard, Jeannette makes the payment
with Dadís wadded, crumpled bills.
In spite of his refusal to accept her gift, Dadís sense of pride is
righted when he can pull together the money Jeannette needs for college.
A month after Dad pays her tuition, Mom calls with the news that they have found a place to live. Itís an old abandoned building where squatters live, and they love it. They invite Jeannette over for a visit, and as she looks around the place, she canít help but notice that it is almost exactly like 83 Little Hobart Street in Welch. It makes her want to bolt, but Mom and dad are clearly proud. The people who live in the building have access to electricity thanks to Dadís ability to hot-wire the whole system for free. These people also have been living homeless for a long time, and so Rex and Rose Mary have finally come home.
Jeannette graduates from Barnard that spring, but even though she wants
Dad to come, she tells him she canít risk that heíll get drunk and try
to debate the commencement speaker. The magazine where she works has offered
her a full-time job, and her boyfriend named Eric offers to allow her
to move in with him on Park Avenue. When she thinks about her parents,
she canít help but wonder if she hasnít come home as well.
Rex and Rose Mary and their daughter are on two extreme ends of the social spectrum, but both are content with what they have accomplished.
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