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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Kaye Gibbon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Kaye Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy and 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 heart/wrenching novel...[Ellen Foster] is as much a part of the backwoods South as a Faulkner character and a good deal more endearing. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Ellen Foster is a southern Holden Caulfield, tougher perhaps, as funny…A breathtaking first novel.” 

    Walker Percy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A stunning new writer…The life in this novel, the honesty of thought and eye and feeling and word!” 

    Eudora Welty, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Filled with lively humor, compassion, and integrity…Ellen Foster may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination, Kaye Gibbons’ first novel is a work of considerable subtlety and intellectual sophistication. A terrific book.” 

    Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/16/2014

    " Sad, but intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bonnie G | 1/31/2014

    " This is the third Kaye Gibbons book I have read (in preparation for her appearance in Mpls). It has received the most acclaim, so I probably overanticipated it. The main character is very likeable and I feel for her, but I wasn't totally drawn into her story. I think one Kaye Gibbons book a year would be a good idea. She write short novels that are easy to read and feature a conflict that is easy to see. Not terribly deep, just enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book! The voice of Ellen was so real, I could easily picture her talking to me... the ending was kind of disappointing, but maybe if I read the sequel I'll be a little more impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kae Larsen | 1/28/2014

    " A very sad story for sure. Still can't figure out how in the world the New York Times could say it is 'FILLED with lively humor, compassion and integrity'. Did they even bother to read it? So if you are looking for a humorous book this is not it! Ways to survive hard times...pick up this book for sure! "

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