Ellen Foster

A Novel by Kaye Gibbons

What if you had nowhere to call home?

"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy... But I did not kill my daddy. He drank his own seld to death the year after the County moved me out" (Gibbons 1).

The story of Ellen Foster follows our insightful young narrator, Ellen. Immediatley following the death of her mother, Ellen begins to suffer from both sexual and physicological abuse at the hands of her alcoholic father. When the horrors of her home life are uncovered at school, Ellen is sent to live with her art teacher, Julia, and her husband, Roy. For the first time in a long time, Ellen is happy. But the feeling will not last long. Soon after she is torn from Julia and Roy, Ellen begins her journey through a maze of temporary households, continously in search of a place she can truly call home.

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Praise for Ellen Foster

"The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination, Kaye Gibbons's first novel is a work of considerable subtlety and intellectual sophistication. A terrific book." —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"Ellen is a remarkable creation, and her narrative voice, while it has matured and grown more sophisticated, remains compelling and unique." -The Booklist

The story lives on...

Don't forget to check out the sequel to Ellen Foster, "The Life All Around Me."


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