Sights Unseen by Kaye Gibbons

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A young girl in a small town named Bend of the River Road struggles to understand her mentally disturbed mother and preserve their relationship. By the author of Charms for the Easy Life. 80,000 first printing. $70,000 ad/promo. BOMC & QPB selection.

About 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.
Published January 1, 1996 by Virago. 209 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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Grandfather Barnes cleans up her legal mess, but the decision is made to institutionalize her at Duke, where electroshock therapy and the right medications eventually turn off the ``music in her soul.'' Thanks largely to lithium, Maggie never decides to revisit insanity, disappointing only the gr...

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A girl struggles to relate to her mentally ill mother.

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Entertainment Weekly

As she has displayed in her past novels, including Ellen Foster and Charms for the Easy Life, Kaye Gibbons' brilliance lies in examining with unsentimental tenderness a family poised on the brink of disaster.

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We are left to deduce for ourselves why a woman of such intelligence and ability has to cater to a mental patient in order to command a decent salary and a car and secure maid's work for a teen-age niece whose own family can no longer afford to feed her.

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