Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part III, Chapter 11

By Jeannette Walls

Part III, Chapter 11

  • Dad disappears a lot.
  • Without money, Jeannette again resorts to scavenging for food.
  • The whole family seems to be wasting away…except Mom.
  • Brian pulls back the sheets in Mom's bed and finds she's been eating Hershey chocolate.
  • The kids are steamed that they're all starving while Mom gorges herself on chocolate.
  • "I can't help it," Mom says. "I'm a sugar addict, just like your father is an alcoholic" (3.11.22).
  • Mom pretty much invented the term chocoholic.