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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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