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Ellen Foster 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 endearing

10 thoughts on “Ellen Foster

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    This is a short but powerful and a lot of the time a painful story Ellen Foster is a precocious eleven year old girl whose courage and strength and infinite wisdom carry her through things that no child should bear.I wanted to pull Ellen out of those pages and take care of her , get her away from her alcoholic father who for the most part h

  2. Lucie Lucie says:

    When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddyThat s quite an opening line I chose this book because I was wanting to read classic American literature and was also hovering around award winners This novella is both.Ellen has survived a childhood filled with abuse and neglect, yet her spirit never fails She has a results oriented, g

  3. ❀Julie ❀Julie says:

    This would make a great book club pick It s a quick read and simply told, but with a lot of depth, and a powerful opening line that is a real attention grabber Ellen Foster is only 11 years old but is an old soul and there is a lot to be learned from her character The story is told through her voice and the author really gets into her head gi

  4. Carol Carol says:

    It is hard not to fall in love with 11 year old Ellen Foster as she narrates her struggles thru her young life of abuse and repeated disappointments in search of a safe home and someone to love her She is so brave and bright and mature for her age, and will make you laugh in spite of it all Great book

  5. Connie G Connie G says:

    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 Ellen Foster grabs you with that first paragraph, and doesn t let go as she narrates her story Told with humor and honesty, the orphaned girl learns what is important about people in a rural southern tow

  6. Sara Sara says:

    Ellen Foster is a tale of survival, courage and endurance Ellen is one of the bravest eleven year olds I have ever encountered in literature, wise beyond her years, but innocent and sweet and deserving of better.When she says, My daddy was a mistake for a person. , she could not beright In fact, many of the people she encounters in her short lif

  7. [Shai] Bibliophage [Shai] Bibliophage says:

    I bought this book around 2006 2009 and it was just laying there on my book stack I just read 2 3 pages and lost interest After several years, I found this book on my storage and put it out to try if it can capture my interest now Thank goodness that I gave this book a chance because I can t put it down once I start to read it I was just busy so

  8. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    Ellen Foster is like Scout Finch without the support system of Atticus, Jem, and Calpurnia She s funny, courageous, level headed, fair minded and intelligent With very little help from anyone, she gets herself out of a very bad situation and into a good one and teaches herself some valuable lessons along the way I love Ellen Foster.

  9. Kathy Kathy says:

    I ve read lots of reviews of this book that were really positive All the quotes on the book itself are of course glowing with praise It was an Oprah s Book Club selection It got published A friend chose it for book club Many people apparently think this is a really amazing book I m not exactly sure what I m missing here I didn t hate it, but I was

  10. Betsy Robinson Betsy Robinson says:

    This is the first person story of Ellen Foster, a ten to eleven year old Southern girl whose mother commits suicide with the agreement of her abusive father Ellen is tough, smart, and a survivor After she is sent from the happy foster home of her art teacher to her mama s mama, a mean old woman, she says,it was just her and me Me to look after her n

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