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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
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Jul 28, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, re-read_every_couple_of_yrs
Recommended for: people who don't think all movies should have a car chase
Read in December, 1988

"Ellen Foster" is one of those books I have to re-read every few years. The understanding of a pre-pubescent and otherwise unlucky girl as she deals with the insanity of adult reality in the flatlandish southern US speaks of a seasoning beyond her years. Her transparent naivté is obviously predicated on the awareness of the writer herself, but then, the book is using the disingenuousness natural to a child to make observations about the adult world. This device, hardly new to the world when Kay Gibbons first published "Ellen," nevertheless breaks with an irony that is at once hilarious, infuriating, frustrating, and sad.
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