The Optimist's Daughter

The Optimist's Daughter

Book - 1972
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Along in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.
Publisher: New York, Random House [1972]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679728832
067972883X
Branch Call Number: F Wel

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JCLJoyceM Jun 23, 2017

My first Eudora Welty novel may be my last. I found her dialogue difficult to follow. The second wife with her unusually high opinion of herself despite lack of evidence is the most intriguing character.

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EmilyEm
Mar 02, 2017

Daughter Laurel and her younger step-mother Fay navigate her father’s last weeks of life and his death in New Orleans and a small Mississippi town.

Amazing characterizations and a great view of small town sensibilities. Howard Moss wrote in a 'New York Times' review in 1972, "Two kinds of people, two versions of life, two contending forces in America collide in 'The Optimist's Daughter.' Its small dramatic battle sends reverberations in every direction." Oh, the power of memory! A classic.

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rusty_13
Nov 03, 2014

I love the flavor of Southern writing and this little book is one of the best I've read. It's about a youngish widow who leaves her independent life in Chicago to return to her hometown in Mississippi to care for her dad -- and must contend with his new wife.

Indigo_Cobra_8 Apr 05, 2014

Sure, the language is nice, if you're into that sort of thing. But meh, it was boring.

emily8 Feb 12, 2013

recommend - fine choice of language

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