Welch turns out to be more depressing than any of them wants to admit. First, Dad's mom is an abusive woman who takes sexual advantage of Brian — suggesting that she also abused Dad when he was younger. The town is impoverished, segregated, and does not welcome newcomers. The family stays put, however, and Mom and Dad buy a shack on the top.
Its the Joshua trees struggle that gives it its beauty. This prominent line from The Glass Castle, a memoir written by American writer and journalist, Jeannette Walls, clearly portrays the hardships the Walls family went through. Those adversities are what make the family so distinctive and eccentric.