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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
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Jan 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: multicultural-fiction, women-s-studies

Thank God I discovered Kaye Gibbons! This was a short, but beautiful story about a young woman, Ellen Foster, who grew up in an abusive home (father was alcoholic and physically and emotionally abusive to Ellen and her mother). Her mother committed suicide, leaving Ellen alone to cope and tend to her father's swift mood changes and harsh demands. Tells the story of resiliency in the face of trauma, but told with a matter-of-fact tone, from Ellen's perspective, so as not to romanticize the struggle. Also, set in the era of de-segregation with cultural tensions and her developing friendship with an African-American girl. Loved this book! Highly recommend it.

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