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Ellen Foster (Oprah's Book Club)
by Kaye Gibbons

Published: 1997-11-05
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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 Kay Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the ...
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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 Kay Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of 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 heartwrenching 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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how could her self-awareness and self- concept be developed in other abused children?
by msharry (see profile) 03/15/11

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  "Ellen Foster"by msharry (see profile) 03/15/11

Such a burden of adult problems she carries, yet she continues to seek that loving home she knows in her heart she deserves. Her setbacks would have daunted most children but her sense of her self-worth... (read more)

 
  "Ellen Foster"by dogdmc49 (see profile) 06/04/10

This book was written in a really different style, genuine and sad but with a happy ending.

 
  "3/5 by 4 members"by mindyhayes (see profile) 01/26/09

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