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Ellen Foster - Kaye Gibbons
Ellen Foster
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"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kay Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American... show more
"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kay Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Institute of Arts and Letters. Wise, funny, affectionate, and true, Ellen Foster is, as Walker Percy called it, "The real thing. Which is to say, a lovely, sometimes heartwrenching novel. . . . [Ellen Foster] is as much a part of the backwoods South as a Faulkner character—and a good deal more endearing."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375703058 (0375703055)
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 126
Edition language: English
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EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kay Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academ...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 Ellen Foster
Gibbons' style reminds me of Cormac McCarthy. For me, that's no compliment. There are no quotation marks around the dialogue, making it harder to keep track of, and almost no commas as far as the eye can see. Gibbons at least could claim a rationale for what in McCarthy I can only see as an affectat...
Ravings of a Book Junkie
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5.0 Ellen Foster (Oprah's Book Club (Pb))
Ellen Foster is written from the POV of an 11 year old girl who daydreams about killing her alcoholic, abusive father. Left mostly on her own after her mother kills herself, she describes her life with no self pity and copes with managing the household bills and getting food for herself as if it wer...
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Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it
4.0 Ellen Foster
Another short one, it seems like a year for that. Ellen Foster is written in one of the most convincing young voices I've come across and thank God early on you know there's a happy ending, because Ellen's life is rough. The novel goes back and forth between Ellen's present and her past two years, s...
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