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The Glass Castle Part II, Chapter 26

By Jeannette Walls

Part II, Chapter 26

  • Jeanette turns 10, and when Dad asks her what she wants for her birthday she says, "stop drinking" (2.26.9).
  • So Dad does. He ties himself to the bed for days, going through withdrawals.
  • Jeanette thinks that this time, it will stick.
  • Sober, Dad decides to take the family to the Grand Canyon.
  • But the car breaks down along the way.
  • Dad says they'll all have to walk home. It's only 80 miles.
  • An old woman stops and offers them a ride home.
  • That night, Dad doesn't come home.