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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

From the first line of this novel we are dropped into the world of a terrified little girl who already knows too much about the hardships of life. Ellen Foster’s father drinks, her mother is sick and her father likes to beat up both of them. The author has a way of conveying the fragility of life that is direct and fresh and Ellen Foster is filled with lively humour, compassion and integrity.
Kaye Gibbons was born in North Carolina.

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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons