Despite the comings and goings of literary fashion, not much of real importance has changed since Horace said that our stories should aim to instruct and delight. Beginning with ELLEN FOSTER, Kaye Gibbons has achieved both on every page. And she does it again here, strikingly, in a novel abut the bright habits of mind required for survival - and the high price paid for living on
Gibbons has wrought a balanced and highly accessible novel...well constructed and provocative
Gibbons writes with confidence and imagination about personalities and a time which she has made her own.
If there is a writer worthy to nominated the literary heir of Eudora Welty, Gibbons is that writer.