Kaye Gibbons: A Critical Companion

Kaye Gibbons: A Critical Companion

Kaye Gibbons: A Critical Companion

Kaye Gibbons: A Critical Companion

Synopsis

This companion--the first and only book-length study of its kind--provides insights and interpretations that will help readers enjoy and better appreciate the novels of Kaye Gibbons.

Excerpt

A lifelong North Carolinian who has found her voice by speaking in the voices of many strong North Carolina women, Kaye Gibbons has reached a worldwide audience. In her concentration upon the place and people she knows well, she has managed to speak to and for people who have never seen her own place. Strong elements of autobiography appear in several of her novels, but these stories also achieve universality. Her passion for language enables her to give authenticity to her characters, and their pluck, perseverance, and courage in the face of occasionally terrible troubles make them admirable as well as believable. She has accomplished the sometimes difficult feat of producing fiction which is both best-selling and respected by critics.

PERSONAL DETAILS

Kaye Batts was born on May 5, 1960, in Wilson, North Carolina, to a tobacco farmer named Charles Batts and his wife Alice. The family's home was in a rural Nash County community called Bend of the River, which is south of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Careful readers will recognize Bend of the River and Rocky Mount as important locations in Gibbons's fiction. She has several siblings, a brother thirteen years older and a sister nine years older than she. Her family is an old one in the

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