Sights Unseen As she has displayed in her past novels, including Ellen Foster and Charms for the Easy Life , Kaye Gibbons' brilliance lies in examining with… Sights Unseen As she has displayed in her past novels, including Ellen Foster and Charms for the Easy Life , Kaye Gibbons' brilliance lies in examining with… Fiction Putnam
Book Review

Sights Unseen (1995)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Kaye Gibbons; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Putnam

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. A less nimble author would have had a field day with the Barneses, a Southern clan controlled by the whims of a manic-depressive mother. But Gibbons makes us understand the complexities of relationships — how one cannot help but love even the craziest of mothers — without assigning blame. The plot aside (and there isn't much of one, actually), Gibbons' Sights Unseen is another chance to read what is surely one of the most lyrical voices writing today. A-

Originally posted Aug 04, 1995 Published in issue #286 Aug 04, 1995 Order article reprints
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