Warning: Spoilers for The Glass Castle abound.
Eleven years ago, Jeannette Walls introduced us to her unforgettable family in her memoir, The Glass Castle. In captivating prose, she described her childhood being raised by two people who shirked responsibility and convention, who prioritized adventure over putting food on the table. Woven between scenes of abject poverty and dumpster diving were bouts of dreaming, drawing, and wild, wild freedom.
The Glass Castle was a mega-hit, selling almost three million copies and spending 261 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.
The memoir's highly anticipated film adaptation comes out on August 11. While the film preserves key themes from the memoir, many aspects of Jeannette's journey from the Walls family to Park Avenue are shifted around to fit a different, cleaner narrative. Fans of the memoir might leave the theater wondering if they remembered the book incorrectly, but don't worry, your mind isn't playing tricks on you. The Glass Castle movie is a more sentimental, more sanitized version of the shocking book.
Here are the main differences between the cinematic Walls family, and the one that Jeannette Walls initially told us about in her memoir.
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