Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.7 in
Published: November 6, 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156032902
ISBN - 13: 9780156032902
Read from the Book
A NYONE CONSIDERING MAKING AN UNDERAGE change in life, such as who you''re going to live with, should know there''s no way to avoid the government getting in on the decision, so try to be kind to the lady they''ll send with a stack of tests and try to stay calm and do your best on them. I moved in here three years ago on Christmas Day of 1971, knowing as I knocked on the door that I was choosing this particular replacement for life with my mother because the foster mother, Laura, had the kind of home you''d be out of your mind not to settle into for good. My family was either dead or crazy, so there wasn''t the fall-back of concerned loved ones. In fact, my mother''s sister, Nadine, who looks sane in public, had created a no-room-at-the-inn situation during her and her daughter Dora''s festivities that caused me to strike out walking for Laura''s house. The next summer Laura notified the government that all was well and they could go ahead and draw up her parental rights paperwork. Lo and behold a letter arrived to say Social Service was fine with our arrangement as long as I could pass the mental stability tests meant to prove whether I was too much of a damaged goods personality to live with a nice individual permanently or if I needed to be demoted into a more routine nightmare orphan home. When Laura noticed me at the kitchen table with the letter and a resuscitated nail-biting habit, she said, You can''t prepare for tests like these, Ellen, and when I called to say it''s
From the Publisher
In this sequel to Gibbons''s beloved classicEllen 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.
"The novel''s method of telling, in which Ellen herself is the story''s landscape, is also its signal strength. As [Ellen] uses her considerable resources to move toward understanding--and to react, equally, to old losses and sudden good fortune--we''re right there with her."