FC: Wall's Family Scrapbook
1: "I was on fire.It was my earliest memory." | "The doctors said I was lucky to be alive." | "My favourite toy, a plastic tinker bell." | "Mom says I'm mature for my age." | Arizona | "We were always doing the skedaddle."
2: "Don't I always take care of you?" Dad asked. "Of course you do," I said. | "You can't live in fear of something as basic as fire." | "Where are we going, Dad?" I asked. "Wherever we end up," he said. | Arizona | "You are brave and ready for adventure right?"
3: Las Vegas | "We lived in Las Vegas for about a month, in a motel room with dark red walls and two narrow beds." | "Brian and I played hide-and-seek among the clicking slot machines." | "We had to get far away from Las Vegas," Dad said because the mafia, which owned the casinos, was after him."
4: San Francisco | "Mom said we should all live near the Pacific Ocean at least once in our lives." | "The fire was growing bigger, stronger, and angrier." | After the hotel burned down, we lived for a few days on the beach." | "These cities will kill you," Dad said.
5: Midland | "I thought the Joshua tree was ugly." | "Dad said he had been chasing Demon for years." | "Mom was pregnant." | "You'll still have your stars."
6: Blythe | "Living in a big city like Blythe meant I had to wear shoes." | "It also meant I had to go to school." | "The other kids didn't like me much." | "When mom said she was 12 months pregnant, she at last gave birth." | "I promised her I'd always take care of her."
7: Battle Mountain | "Since we didn't have any money, we improvised." | "We liked our boxes." | They're damned smart, too! "Dad would declare. | "Mom believed that children shouldn't be burdened with a lot of rules and restrictions." | We kids usually kept our hunger to ourselves."
8: Battle Mountain | "Some of the rocks I found while I was exploring out in the desert were so beautiful." | "You're going to learn to swim today," Dad said. | "We'd been there for nearly a year, and I considered it home."
9: Phoenix | "Grandma's dead." | "I could not believe we were actually going to live here." | "It was a mansion, practically." | "We rode our bikes everywhere." | "Dad took my hand and slowly guided it to the side of the Cheetah's neck." | "We carried the tree home and decorated it with Grandma's antique ornaments."
10: Phoenix | "Mom was an expert thrift-store shopper." | "Since the water was sweltering, she suggested we cool off by jumping in the fountain in front of the building." | "Mom made living in West Virgina sound like another adventure." | "I ran into the backyard and said goodbye to the orange trees."
11: Welch | "Welcome to Welch" Mom declared. | "It had been cold ever since we arrived in Welch." | "Mom and Dad decided to drive the Oldsmobile back to Phoenix." | "I hate Erma..." | "I know what I saw," I said. "She's a pervert.
12: Welch | "Well, kids, welcome to Ninety-three Little Hobart Street!" Mom said. | "Dad had shown us the spot near the house where we were going to put the foundation and basement for the Glass Castle." | " I was so excited by the prospect of living in a perky yellow home." | "One thing about whoring: It put chicken on the table."
13: Welch | "We fought a lot in Welch." | "Dad had taken to disappearing for days at a time." | "We may not have insulation," Mom said as we all gathered around the stove, "but we have each other." | "I decided I wanted to be one of the people who really knew what was going on."
14: Welch | "That night Lori and I lay in our rope beds and discussed New York City." | "Lori would leave by herself for New York in June, after she graduated." | "She'd settle in, find a place for us, and I'd follow her as soon as I could." | "The escape fund."
15: New York | "You West Virginia girls are one tough breed," he said. | "I'd be taking home over eighty dollars a week." | "Your daddy and I have moved to New York!" | "That night, they slept on a park bench. They were homeless."
16: "I actually lived on Park Avenue, I kept telling myself." | "I've always believed in the value of a good education," she said." | "It's now or never," Dad said. "The fact is, I'm dying." | "I loved him for all sorts of reasons." | New York | "We should drink a toast to Rex," John said. "Life with your father was never boring." We raised our glasses.