Ellen Foster

Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
Series: Ellen Foster, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"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."

©1987 Kaye Gibbons (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Filled with lively humor, compassion and integrity.... Ellen Foster may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction." ( New York Times Book Review)
"The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination, Kaye Gibbons's first novel is a work of considerable subtlety and intellectual sophistication. A terrific book." ( Washington Post Book World)

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  • 04-06-18

Great!!

This is one of the most unique books I have ever read! I really really enjoyed reading it and I hope that you will take the time to read it as well. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all!

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This story is okay, it goes back and forth between past and present and it gets really confusing.

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Loved it!

Loved it. Made me smile. Well worthwhile. Ellen is a wonderful charachtor I would like to hear more from!

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Loved this story!

This is southern storytelling at its best. I'm a long-time fan of Kaye Gibbons' work and I enjoyed this audio version of Ellen Foster.