"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".
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ljhliesl - LibraryThing
I knew nothing about this selection for bookclub except that it was an Oprah book, and from the first paragraph I thought yep, here are the hallmarks: absent mother; abusive father; child protagonist ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bettyandboo - LibraryThing
There's one major disappointment with this book: the fact that I've had this on my bookshelf for almost 11 years, and I just got around to reading it. Oprah chose Ellen Foster as her Book Club pick on ... Read full review