A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Read Interview from Vanity Fair
- The Glass Castle is the story of a wildly original (and wildly dysfunctional) family with humor and compassion. What most surprised you about the story?
- Why did Jeannette’s mom not reveal her secret wealth earlier?
- How does Jeannette live up to her mountain goat nickname?
- What is the symbolic meaning of ‘the glass castle’? Was it somehow important that it was not built?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of always moving, never getting settled in any one place?
- What does Jeannette mean when she says her father never tried to be someone that he was not?
- What gave Jeannette the power to escape her restrictive circumstances?
- Jeannette Walls, despite everything, refuses to condemn her parents and is grateful for her upbringing. Are you able to be equally nonjudgemental? Why or why not?
- What biblical or wisdom story does the film remind you of?