What is a summary for the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls?


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Jeannette Walls' memoir, "The Glass Castle," centers around the writer's upbringing and parents. Starting from the present day, the book flashes back to Jeannette Walls' early childhood, moving around the country with her family so her father can find and hold on to work. Walls and her sister later escape their dysfunctional parents and go to New York City, eventually inviting their other siblings, only to be followed by their parents, who end up homeless.

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The first memory recounted by Jeannette Walls in "The Glass Castle" is of her dress catching fire while cooking her own meal when she is just 3 years old. Badly burned, she is taken to hospital, but because her family is so poor, her father arrives to smuggle her away before they are charged for the medical service.

With both parents struggling to make ends meet, the inheritance of a home in Phoenix leads to some relief for the family until Walls' father returns to drinking. They later move to Welch, West Virginia, where he was born and raised. It is from here that Jeannette and her sister Lori escape to New York City. Upon arrival, Jeannette has no trouble finding work as a reporter and gradually stabilizes and develops her life.

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