Gibbons, Kaye, 1960-
Birth name: Bertha Kaye Batts.
American author born and raised in North Carolina who struggles with
bipolar disorder and weaves autobiographical elements into her fiction. Married
twice, to Michael Gibbons and Frank P. Ward. Awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre
des Arts et des Lettres in 1996, the North Carolina Award for Literature in
1998, and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by North Carolina State
University in 1999.
Ellen Foster. 1987.
The first person narrative of an intelligent but uneducated young girl as she
leaves her abusive, alcoholic father in the wake of her mother's suicide, taking
it on herself to find a stable home. Her two year odyssey cycles her through several
households, including those of three unsatifcatory members of her mother's family,
before she finds a welcoming foster home. A sequel, The Life All Around Me by
Ellen Foster (2006), revisits the protagonist at age 15. Winner of the Sue
Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize in Creative
Writing, and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. A 1997
selection of Oprah's Book Club. Adapted to television as a Hallmark Hall of Fame
movie in 1997.
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