"Ellen Foster is a southern Holden Caulfield, tougher perhaps, as funny. . . . A breathtaking first novel." --Walker Percy"A stunning new writer. . . . The life in this novel, the honesty of th0ought and eye and feeling and word! --Eudora Welty"The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination, Kaye Gibbons's first novel is a work of considerable subtlety and intellectual sophistication. A terrific book." --Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post Book World""Filled with lively humor, compasion and integrity . . . Ellen Foster may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction." --Alice Hoffman, "The New York Times Book Review"