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In 1987, Kaye Gibbons published Ellen Foster, the remarkable story of an orphan who struggles to claim her own identity in a violent and chaotic world. The sequel — The Life All around Me by Ellen Foster — has been worth the wait. In her new novel, Gibbons continues Ellen Foster's story as an adolescent who is trying, through writing, to make a unique and lasting place for herself. Ellen's voice is irresistible, and her hardships and triumphs resonate across the emotional spectrum.
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"Same spunk. Same sass. Same winning charm. Ellen looks at life through both barrels and aims straight on . . . in this fascinating tale of grit and determination."—The  News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

 

In this sequel to Gibbonss beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child­hood, she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compassion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

"[Ellen Foster] is a few years older, a bit wiser to the ways of the world and just as compelling."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"As [Ellen] uses her considerable resources to move toward understanding—and to react, equally, to old losses and sudden good fortune—were right there with her."—Chicago Tribune

KAYE GIBBONS is the author of seven bestselling novels. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. That novel, as well as A Virtuous Woman, was chosen for Oprahs Book Club. Gibbons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 
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A sequel to the now-classic "Ellen Foster" picks up Ellen's life five years later, at 15, with a new mother, a home, a mind too large for her surroundings, and a brave and compassionate integrity.A sequel to the now-classic "Ellen Foster" picks up Ellen's life five years later, at 15, with a new mother, a home, a mind too large for her surroundings, and a brave and compassionate integrity.

Synopsis:

In this sequel to Gibbons’s beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child­hood—humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta—she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world.   With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas­sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

Synopsis:

In this sequel to Gibbonss beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child­hood—humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta—she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. 
 
With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas­sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

About the Author

KAYE GIBBONS is the author of seven bestselling novels. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. That novel, as well as A Virtuous Woman, was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Gibbons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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ISBN:
9780156032902
Author:
Gibbons, Kaye
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In 1987, Kaye Gibbons published Ellen Foster, the remarkable story of an orphan who struggles to claim her own identity in a violent and chaotic world. The sequel — The Life All around Me by Ellen Foster — has been worth the wait. In her new novel, Gibbons continues Ellen Foster's story as an adolescent who is trying, through writing, to make a unique and lasting place for herself. Ellen's voice is irresistible, and her hardships and triumphs resonate across the emotional spectrum.

"Synopsis" by , A sequel to the now-classic "Ellen Foster" picks up Ellen's life five years later, at 15, with a new mother, a home, a mind too large for her surroundings, and a brave and compassionate integrity.A sequel to the now-classic "Ellen Foster" picks up Ellen's life five years later, at 15, with a new mother, a home, a mind too large for her surroundings, and a brave and compassionate integrity.
"Synopsis" by , In this sequel to Gibbons’s beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child­hood—humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta—she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world.   With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas­sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this sequel to Gibbonss beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child­hood—humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta—she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. 
 
With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas­sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.
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