Books by Kaye Gibbons

KAYE GIBBONS is the author of seven bestselling novels. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. That novel, a


THE LIFE ALL AROUND ME BY ELLEN FOSTER by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Ellen's fortune has improved, but her charm has curdled into self-congratulatory superiority."
After six intervening novels (Divining Women, 2004, etc.), Gibbons returns to the eponymous heroine of her first, Ellen Foster (1987), still plucky and brilliant but no longer beset by hard luck. Read full book review >
DIVINING WOMEN by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Simplistic and underplotted; the most interesting characters (Mary's mother, the eccentric grandparents) are confined to the margins."
Women rescue a crushed young wife from a domestic tyrant, in Gibbons's seventh novel (after On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon, 1998). Read full book review >
ON THE OCCASION OF MY LAST AFTERNOON by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A book of saints, sinners, and sorrows offering much pleasure for history-snoopers (hospital scenes among the best) but finding no new ground for the saga of the South."
Gibbons's first outing after anointment by Oprah is a Civil War tale that's historically researched to a fault but psychologically the stuff of melodrama. Read full book review >
SIGHTS UNSEEN by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 1995

"A tale of exasperation and juvenile confusion mixed with unquestioning loveand Gibbons finds the perfect voice: manic behavior captured in beautifully modulated, tranquil prose. (Book- of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club featured alternates; author tour)"
Gibbons's fifth (Charms for the Easy Life, 1993, etc.), set in her native North Carolina during the early `60s, is a daughter's memoir of her manic-depressive motherwritten without rancor or bitterness, but with much painful honesty and affection. Read full book review >
CHARMS FOR THE EASY LIFE by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"In other words, boring and self-righteous."
Gibbons's fourth novel, inspired by WPA oral histories, lacks the subtlety and charm of her previous books (A Cure for Dreams, A Virtuous Woman, Ellen Foster). Read full book review >
A VIRTUOUS WOMAN by Kaye Gibbons
Released: April 1, 1989

A straight and true, if somewhat unusual, love is at the heart of this sweet and folksy novella by the much celebrated author of Ellen Foster. Read full book review >