Let me tell you a secret…
Twins María José and Esperanza have chosen this wonderfully emotional and touching authobiographic novel by Jeannete Walls.
Here is their summary…
This novel tells the history of the life of this authoress, Jeannette Walls, who had a very difficult upbringing.
This story is about a family in which love is very peculiar. Jeannette and her brothers lived travelling from city to city. Everything they learned was taught by their father, Rex Walls, but when he got drunk he was dishonest and destructive. Their mother was a free spirit who loved art and she never wanted to take care of her own children.
Jeannette and her siblings learned to look after themselves since they were young, since their father almost always was drunk and his mother was just not in it. Though their mother was rich, they lived their lives like poor people, because their parents did not want the children to go to college and learn different things. When they were older they left one by one for New York City, and there, they got work and enough money to be able to live calmly.
Here is an excerpt from the book…
We moved around like nomads. We lived in dusty little mining towns in Nevada, Arizona, and California. They were usually nothing but a tiny cluster of sad, sunken shacks, a gas station, a dry-goods store, and a bar or two. They had names like Needles and Bouse, Pie, Goffs, and Why, and they were near places like the Superstition Mountains, the dried-up Soda Lake, and the Old Woman Mountain. The more desolate and isolated a place was, the better mom and dad liked it.
Thank you girls!!!!
For my students:
We are going to do something different this time… I want you to work with AE vocabulary here…
You have to find definitions for the following words or expressions: