“When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy.”
With that opening sentence we enter into the childhood world of one of the most appealing young heroines in contemporary fiction. Her courage, her humor, and her wisdom are unforgettable as she tells her own story with stunning honesty and insight. An Oprah’s Book Club selection, this powerful novel, first published twenty-five years ago, has become an American classic.
“The life in this novel, the honesty of thought and eye and feeling and word!” –Eudora Welty
“Filled with lively humor, compassion, and intimacy … Ellen Foster may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction.” –Alice Hoffman, The New York Times Book Review
“The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination … She is a terrific kid, and Ellen Foster is a terrific book.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
“Ellen Foster, like another American classic, Huckleberry Finn, is for all its high comedy ultimately a serious fable of personal and collective responsibility.” –Oprah.com
“It’s the real thing. Which is to say: a lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching first novel.” –Walker Percy
“Ellen Foster easily takes her place as one of the great child characters of American literature.” –The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Kaye Gibbons is the author of seven bestselling novels. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. That novel, as well as A Virtuous Woman, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. Gibbons lives in New York City and Raleigh, North Carolina.