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Ellen Foster

Gibbons, Kaye

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ISBN 10: 0912697520 / ISBN 13: 9780912697529
Published by Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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This is a fine hardcover first edition copy in a fine mylar protected DJ, white spine. Inscribed on the title page: "For Wayne, Best Wishes to you and memories of you, Always, Kaye Gibbons, June 6, 1987". Wayne is a colleague and local college English professor. His name on the front pastedown and his blind stamp on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 043313

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Title: Ellen Foster

Publisher: Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1997: Kaye Gibbons is a writer who brings a short story sensibility to her novels. Rather than take advantage of the novel's longer form to paint her visions in broad, sweeping strokes, Gibbons prefers to concentrate on just one corner of the canvas and only a few colors to produce her small masterpieces. In Gibbons's case, her canvas is the American South and her colors are all the shades of gray.

In Ellen Foster, the title character is an 11-year-old orphan who refers to herself as "old Ellen," an appellation that is disturbingly apt. Ellen is an old woman in a child's body; her frail, unhappy mother dies, her abusive father alternately neglects her and makes advances on her, and she is shuttled from one uncaring relative's home to another before she finally takes matters into her own hands and finds herself a place to belong. There is something almost Dickensian about Ellen's tribulations; like Oliver Twist, David Copperfield or a host of other literary child heroes, Ellen is at the mercy of predatory adults, with only her own wit and courage--and the occasional kindness of others--to help her through. That she does, in fact, survive her childhood and even rise above it is the book's bittersweet victory.

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