Thursday, September 26, 2013
"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy."
With that opening sentence we are introduced to the eleven-year-old heroine of Ellen Foster, a stunning novel by Kaye Gibbons.
Ellen Foster tells her own story, with an honesty, a perceptivity, and a quite un-selfconscious heroism. Her mother dies. She stays with her father until it becomes too dangerous. She lives with a teacher, a grandmother who blames her for her father's marriage, then with an aunt. At the close she discovers a home where at last she is wanted and loved.
Ellen Foster takes things as they come. She judges people shrewdly and well. Her ties with her little black friend Starletta are beautifully revealed. Her own courage, her humor, and her wisdom are unforgettable.
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