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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442343290
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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."

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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 in 1997

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/12/2011

    " It continues to amaze me how tough kids can be when faced with no other options. I would recommend this to anyone...although it is older, and most people have already read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 5/3/2011

    " This is a great book. I read it many years ago and still it stands out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 4/17/2011

    " Really liked it.
    Sometimes a bit hard to understand the way the character talks but it is still good.
    Very short easy read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lily | 4/6/2011

    " One of the few books that I truly did not like at the time I read it because I thought the author was superficial, even wrong headed in the views espoused. Got myself into discussion trouble at the time over that position on my part. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 HKd | 3/31/2011

    " A very quick read which didn't live up to it's early promise. I liked Ellen Foster's voice and story but found the time jumps a little disconcerting. Glad I read it but won't be rushing to her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/25/2011

    " Great story -- Ellen is quite a girl! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/22/2011

    " It had a good lesson but the ending was anti-climatic. My teacher told me to look to see if Ellen's mom was murdered or committed suicide but it never said! So I am disapointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 3/22/2011

    " Guess I was expecting too much when a reviewer compared it to Mark Twain. It is no Mark Twain. I have read several similar books recently, and this one was nothing out of the ordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/19/2011

    " It was very interesting - not fun to read but I'll remember the character. You really had to concentrate on it since it was so short, every word was important - I think I might have skimmed too much to really get the full impact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/18/2011

    " young adult selection. Okay. Mother/daughter book club selection? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 3/16/2011

    " Excellent book - accidently came my way via a co-worker. Sad, funny and did I say sad? I admire Ellen Foster and her resilience. Great read! Thanks Jackie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Balika | 3/6/2011

    " A fast, wonderful read with a fantastic, engaging main character. A tough Holden Caufield girl who takes her insane life in stride and sees the world with a fresh, new point of view. Lovely book and wonderful voice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/26/2011

    " This book is a perfect gem "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 2/25/2011

    " I had forgotten I read this book, but I keep a reading list. When I read the description of the book it was one of those "Ohhhh" moments. How could I forget? This is a haunting book, well worth the read. "

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About the Author
KAYE GIBBONS is the author of eight novels, including Ellen Foster, A Virtuous Woman and Divining Women. With domestic sales of more than 4.2 million copies and numerous worldwide translations, she was designated "one of the most lyrical writers working today" by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her 3 daughters.
About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.