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On the occasion of my last afternoon
Kaye Gibbons
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Kaye Gibbons is the author of the popular novel Ellen Foster, which was chosen as one of Oprah's Book Club Selections and adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. This novel, about an 11-year-old-girl who, after the death of her mother, summons the strength to escape from her abusive father, won numerous honors, including the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and letters. Born on May 5, 1960 in Nash County, N.C. she attended North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studied American and English literature. Her writing shows an intimate knowledge of the burdens of Southern women and the strength they posses that helps them to overcome the difficulties in their lives. Gibbons has been influenced by early 20th-century African-American poets, and writes in an idiomatic Southern dialect. Her other novels include The Virtuous Woman and Sights Unseen. She also received a Special Citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Prize in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Bowker Author Biography) Novelist Kaye Gibbons grew up in Nash County, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gibbons' first novel was "Ellen Foster" (1987) and was a semi-autobiographical account of an eleven-year-old girl whose mother committed suicide and was then raised by relatives. "Ellen Foster" won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and also received a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. Her next novel, "A Virtuous Woman" (1989), earned her an NEA fellowship. Her third novel, "A Cure for Dreams" (1991) received the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Heartland award for fiction and the PEN Revson Award for the best work of fiction published by a writer under 35. After that, she wrote "Charms for the Easy Life" (1993) and "Sights Unseen" (1995), which were both bestsellers. In 1996, she became the youngest writer to receive the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which recognized her contribution to French Literature.

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