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It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, fifteen when their artistic mother takes off to find herself. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in the family for generations.
An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill—a man who bullies his workers and his family. Bean adores her whip-smart sister—inventor of word games, reader of Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz.
“Walls writes with easy assurance about Liz and Bean, proving in fiction as she did in The Glass Castle that she knows children’s hearts—as well as the evil that can lurk in the hearts of grown-ups.”—Parade