Kaye Gibbons

Kaye Gibbons is an American author known for her novels that often feature women protagonists and explore themes such as family, poverty, and mental illness. Her most famous work is 'Ellen Foster' (1987), which won critical acclaim and awards for its portrayal of a young girl's resilience in the face of adversity. Gibbons' writing style is noted for its clarity, insight, and emotional depth.


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  1. 1. Ellen Foster

    The novel is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Ellen Foster who, after her mother's suicide and father's subsequent neglect and abuse, is shuffled between family members and foster homes. Despite the hardships she faces, including poverty and racism in the South, Ellen's remarkable resilience and determination help her to overcome her circumstances. Ultimately, she finds a loving home with a foster mother and begins to heal from her traumatic past.

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