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ORANGE, Va. — Jeannette Walls could have had a life of leisure after the big success of her 2005 memoir, “The Glass Castle,” but she has too much energy for that. She walks fast and talks fast. Her laugh can be as loud as a gunshot.

She worked as a journalist in New York for nearly three decades and gave it up only when her book had spent months on best-seller lists. But even after more than 15 years in rural Virginia as a novelist who can send drafts to her editor more or less on her own schedule, she still seems like a reporter on deadline.

On a chilly gray afternoon at the end of February, she was behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle, driving down a rough path on the 320-acre property she owns with her husband, the nonfiction author John Taylor. She said she was going to show

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