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Lionsgate invited me, Jennifer Donovan, to an early screening of the The Glass Castle movie, in theaters now. I also had the extreme pleasure to interview the author of the memoir, Jeannette Walls, about seeing her story come to life on screen. Please continue reading to see what we can learn when we own our hard stories.
Jeannette Walls did, for years. As a child growing up in extreme poverty with reckless parents, she did what she could to survive. She and her siblings took care of each other when her parents couldn’t. Her past didn’t break her, though. Instead, it helped form her perfectly into the person she became, a person with the courage to move away and attend college and get an amazing job.
Her past was so much a part of her, and yet she felt that if people in her new world knew, they would think she was a fraud. I asked her why she finally told her story, and she said, “I guess I was tired of changing the topic when people asked me about my past. I felt I couldn’t not tell it any longer. The truth be told, my husband really pushed me to tell it. I had tried when I was younger. The challenge from my mother to just tell the truth I kind of open the book with that was huge. I don’t know if she was challenging me or giving me permission.