The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century
A Composite List and Ranking
by Brian Kunde


<- 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.

Posted Jun. 11, 2013, and last updated Jun. 11, 2013.
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