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Publisher's Summary

"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."

©1987 Kaye Gibbons (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"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's first novel is a work of considerable subtlety and intellectual sophistication. A terrific book." ( Washington Post Book World)

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  • 29-07-2020

Very spunky survivor

Ellen tells the story a out her sad childhood and how she was able to persevere in spite of it. She was bright and creative and ultimately finds herself a home.

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  • Jo
  • 06-04-2018

Great!!

This is one of the most unique books I have ever read! I really really enjoyed reading it and I hope that you will take the time to read it as well. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all!

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  • Golden Peony
  • 12-07-2021

Good narration but…

The narrator did a good job of narrating the story and doing Ellen’s voice, but sometimes it glitches and it skips over a part in the book or it’ll read a line in the very end in the middle area of the book and then get back to where it was. Other than that it was pretty good.

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  • Linda
  • 22-11-2011

Loved this story!

This is southern storytelling at its best. I'm a long-time fan of Kaye Gibbons' work and I enjoyed this audio version of Ellen Foster.

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  • Jack
  • 10-06-2016

Weird Story

This story is okay, it goes back and forth between past and present and it gets really confusing.

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  • Jean M. Hardik
  • 24-01-2016

Loved it!

Loved it. Made me smile. Well worthwhile. Ellen is a wonderful charachtor I would like to hear more from!

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