The 3rd Annual Power of the Purse luncheon will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman this Friday. The enormously successful event always features an accomplished guest speaker, and this year is no different.

Following activist Erin Brockovich in 2015 and author Cheryl Strayed of the bestselling memoir “Wild” in 2016, is author of “The Glass Castle,” Jeannette Walls.

An Amazon “Top 10 Books of the Decade,” “The Glass Castle” is also a bestselling memoir and the inspiration for the Lionsgate movie adaptation starring Academy Award winners Brie Larson and Naomi Watts.

“The Glass Castle”

Critics have called Jeannette Walls’ memoir, “The Glass Castle, “ “spectacular,” “extraordinary,” “incredible,” and “riveting.” It has been a New York Times best-seller for more than six years, has sold 4.5 million copies in the US alone, been translated into 22 languages. It has won numerous awards including the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the Books for Better Living Award.

In “The Glass Castle,” Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and the brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them, and teach them to face their fears.

The story is at times harrowing and at times hilarious as the children go without food and indoor plumbing yet are encouraged to read Shakespeare and dream of the beautiful glass house they will all one day build. Despite all her hardships, Walls develops the determination to leave West Virginia on her own at the age of sixteen, move to New York City and eventually become a well-known columnist for New York magazine and MSNBC.com and a television personality.

This inspirational book has been taught at universities in courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development, and poverty. Walls has spoken at colleges, corporations, and business associations about overcoming hardship and the keys to turning adversity to your advantage.

The Atlanta Constitution said, “Charles Dickens has nothing on Jeannette Walls … Dickens’s scenes of poverty and hardship are no more audacious and no more provocative than those in the pages of this stunning memoir.”

Ms. Walls has appeared on Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah, and the Diane Rheem Show.

Auction

The lunch will feature a silent auction of designer handbags and proceeds are donated to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. Power of the Purse is expected to sell out, due to its overwhelming success in the past two years.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1350 per table of ten. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, canapés, lunch and a special dessert buffet. For more information and tickets, email [email protected] or call 815-4313.

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