This story was a slow page turner for me. I found myself wondering how one family could find themselves in so many odd, peculiar and sometimes just outright despair inducing situations. At times I thought to myself, 'this can't get any worse ... surely things will turn around only to find it could, in fact, get worse. Even though there were heartbreaking moments I still found myself feeling compassion for the parents who, on the surface just couldn't seem to get it right. I would also wonder were they the geniuses and did I and society have it all wrong? In the end, Jeannette seems to have found peace with how she and her siblings were raised and still finding room to love her mom and dad and even more still affirming that her parent's chosen lifestyle was not one she would choose for herself. There wasn't much predictable about this book and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it.
The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. 40,000 first printing.