Ellen Foster

By- Kaye Gibbons

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Award Winning...

Ellen Foster won the award of Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction.

Do you ever think your momma would kill herself and your daddy would die of an alcohol overdose?

This book is on many summer reading lists and many people throughout the U.S. have read this book and so should you.


Ellen is a strong, independent young girl who is living under unfavorable conditions in the South in the 1970s that. She goes from home to home trying to find a perfect "new mama" after her real one dies. Her confrontations with her daddy are not so pleasant either. She learns some lessons from some people she never thought she would come into contact with and makes some memories she will never forget.
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"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy." (Gibbons 1)
"Her hands shook right much though when she told me about my daddy dying. But she managed to slap me with one. (Gibbons 69)
"I came a long way to get here but when you think about it real hard you will see that old Starletta came even farther. ...And all this time I thought I had the hardest row to hoe." (Gibbons 126)

Become a parent to a child who needs you now more than ever...

Kaye Gibbons

To learn more about Kaye Gibbons and the books she has written, go to- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3501.Kaye_Gibbons


"The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination...She is a terrific kid, and Ellen Foster is a terrific book." -JONATHAN YARDLEY, The Washington Post Book World

"Ellen Foster, like another American classic, Hucklebery Finn, is for all its high comedy ultimately a serious fable of personal and collective responsibility." -OPRAH.COM

"What might have been grim, melodramatic material in the hands of a less talented author is instead filled with lively humor ("I was too smart to let somebody find me living with a dead lady the second time around," Ellen says after her grandmother dies), compassion and intimacy. This short novel focuses on Ellen's strengths rather than her victimization, presenting a memorable heroine who rescues herself." -ALICE HOFFMAN

"It's the real thing. Which is to say: a lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching first novel." -WALKER PERCY

By- Teryn Walley