Dec 15 2006
A one-woman show based on Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle opened in New York a few days ago. The show will now travel to schools around the country as part of The Literature to Life program that presents performances of "significant American literary works". Past adaptations have included The Secret Life of Bees, The Kite Runner and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The program, which has been running for 15 years, aims to give students a new way to access literature by bringing to life works of fiction and nonfiction. Walls, whose memoir has more than one million copies in print in paperback alone, says, "To say that this is a dream come true is an understatement ... I think it is the most wonderful thing that could possibly happen to a book. This is a book about a tough adolescence, and if this performance can in any way affect these kids [so they] say, 'Hey, I'm not the only one,' it's just brilliant."
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