Ellen Foster

Ellen Foster

eBook - 2012
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"Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's Citation for Fiction. An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism. "The honesty of thought and eye and feeling and word!"--Eudora Welty; "A lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching first novel."--Walker Percy. A LITERARY GUILD SELECTION."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2012
ISBN: 9781616203085
Characteristics: 1 online resource (168 pages)
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patcarstensen
Jan 20, 2020

I was grabbed by the first line.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

I thought I would love it, but that didn't happen. There were things to appreciate, but in the end it just didn't work for me. Ellen is an 11-year old who narrates her own story of abuse, neglect, and trauma. I think Gibbons is a talented writer and she did a very good job with Ellen's narrative voice. Other reviews and the jacket blurbs all talk about how funny Ellen is but I read this novel stony-faced. I'm sure it's a personal thing for me; perhaps the work I do has made it impossible for me to ever find a moment of humor in such a story.

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erinsnest
Jul 16, 2015

July 12 2015......I read this book because I needed a book with a female heroine for the summer reading challenge. (and it was a short one!) I found the writing style a little hard to follow at first, but soon became accustomed to it. All in all, not a bad book.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 25, 2014

A young girl from the Southern backwoods who is wise beyond her years is abused, neglected, and left to find refuge in a world of predatory adults. A heart-rending tale of courage, wit, and purpose.

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labrys
Jun 22, 2013

bham2013

Powerful opening that grabs you immediately, this novel is told from the perspective of a 10 year old facing many adult challenges. While daunting, Ellen exercises considerable agency while maintaining a believeable voice.

KRockstar10 Apr 28, 2013

Wow, what a book. At a whopping 126 pages, I wasn't sure it could pack much of a punch, but the ending really gets to you.

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uncommonreader
Oct 07, 2012

Written by Gibbons when she was 27, and perhaps based partially on her life, this is a coming of age story of 11 year old Ellen Foster. Ellen escapes difficult circumstances to find a loving home but this precocious girl is still emotionally damaged. Her voice is without self-pity and seems authentic.

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Nov 08, 2007

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