Stephanie (wave_of_atla) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #1: Ellen Foster

I thought my first book of the year was going to be Northanger Abbey as I'm halfway through it on audiobook. However, I picked up Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons yesterday and finished it up last night. My review from goodreads:

The almost stream-of-consciousness style of this novel allows phrases of perfect veracity to be slipped into the narrative, which, when noticed, offer striking revelations straight from the jumbled mind of an abused child (who is but more clever for it). Infused with this authenticity, the narrative follows her brief first-person account of two eventful years of her early life. Compared in the cover blurb to Holden Caulfield, I find Ellen to be more reminiscent of her contemporary, Lily Owens (The Secret Life of Bees), and the atmosphere of racial tension often adds to this. Ellen, like Lily, is matter-of-fact and somewhat brash, yet she remains unceremoniously likable. Her candid reflections turn what would be a run-of-the-mill story into a sturdy, resounding narrative.

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