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Kaye Gibbons

Author of Ellen Foster

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Kaye Gibbons was born on May 5, 1960 in Nash County, North Carolina. She received a bachelor's degree in American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was published in 1987. It won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American show more Academy of Arts and Letters, was chosen as one of Oprah's Book Club Selections, and was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Her other novels include The Virtuous Woman, A Cure for Dreams, Sights Unseen, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon, Divining Women, The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster, The Lunatics' Ball, and The Secret Devotions of Mary Magdalen. Her novel Charms for the Easy Life was also adapted into a made-for-television movie. She also received the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which recognized her contribution to French Literature in 1996 and she received the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1998. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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The Awakening and Selected Stories (1899) — Introduction — 389 copies, 3 reviews
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contributor — 14 copies
Ellen Foster [1997 TV movie] (1997) — Original book — 10 copies
Charms for the Easy Life [2002 film] (2002) — Original novel — 4 copies

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I could have sworn the title was "Emily Foster" in Name that Book (January 2012)

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I didn't think I would like this book, but I did. Sad, sweet and a sign of the times in days past.
 
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kwagnerroberts | 11 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
I first listened to this work while traveling cross country. The voices reading the book rang true to the story and enhanced the telling. I recommend a good version of the book on tape for a wonderful listening experience.
 
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jemisonreads | 31 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Cute book. I have nothing profound to say about this book but nothing negative, either. I finished it and enjoyed reading it for the most part. No need to keep it on my shelves and I'm not likely to recommend it to anyone.
 
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MahanaU | 63 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
Picked it up while volunteering at the library. It was a slow night and finished it up before I left. I really liked her use of language. I liked seeing the world through Ellen's eyes and the truthfulness of them. The flashbacks kept a nice even pace. The very end seemed a little odd to me but Ellen was a little odd so maybe it all fit together as it should
 
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MsTera | 63 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |

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