Ellen Foster by Kaye GibbonsWhen 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 Gibbonss 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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We hope they will give you a number of interesting angles from which to approach this harrowing yet oftenhilarious story of an abandoned child's search for her place in the world. Thus the young narratorbegins her life-story, in the process painting an extraordinary self-portrait: Ellen is a child whose courage and humor winher a place in literature alongside J. Salinger's Holden Caulfield.
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Mar 24, ISBN Margaret struggles toward adulthood in a world torn apart by the Second World War and complicated by her strong-willed mother, Sophia, and grandmother, Charlie Kate, in a story about three generations of passionate, willful Southern women. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Category: Literary Fiction. Ebook —. About Charms for the Easy Life Margaret struggles toward adulthood in a world torn apart by the Second World War and complicated by her strong-willed mother, Sophia, and grandmother, Charlie Kate, in a story about three generations of passionate, willful Southern women. Also by Kaye Gibbons.
Thank you! After six intervening novels Divining Women , , etc. The year is , Ellen, 15 and about to start ninth grade, writes a letter to Derek Bok, president of Harvard University, proposing that she skip high school and head straight there. Although her best friends remain Starletta and the devoted goofball Stuart, Ellen knows she has intellectually outgrown her small southern town. Ellen helps rid Laura of her other, more troublesome foster children by snitching to their social worker about delinquent behavior. In fact, Ellen has an inheritance coming.
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An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism. 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. The way I liked best was letting go a poisonous spider in his bed. But I did not kill my daddy.