The Florist's Daughter

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HMH, Jan 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
This New York Times Notable memoir of a middle-class, middle-America family is a “beautiful bouquet of a book” (Entertainment Weekly).

They say “a daughter is a daughter all her life,” and no statement could be truer for Patricia Hampl. Born to a Czech father—an artistic florist—and a wary Irish mother, Hampl experienced a childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, that couldn’t have been more normal, the perfect example of a twentieth century middle-class, middle-American upbringing.
 
But as she faces the death of her mother, Hampl reflects on the struggles her parents went through to provide that normal, boring existence, and her own struggles with fulfilling the role of dutiful daughter as she grew through the postwar years to the turbulent sixties and couldn’t help wanting to rebel against the notion of a “relentlessly modest life.”
 
Named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, The Florist’s Daughter is Hampl’s most extraordinary work to date—a “quietly stunning” reminiscence of a Midwestern girlhood, and a reflection on what it means to be a daughter (People).
 

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User Review  - suesbooks - LibraryThing

This was somewhat interesting and very well written. If I had not lived in Minneapolis at one time, I am not sure how interested I would have been in all the details of Patricia' parents' lives Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

In this memoir about - mostly - her parents, Patricia Hampl examines two midwestern lives of what Thoreau probably would have recognized as "quiet desperation." In speaking of the ordinary people of ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
21
Chapter 3
44
Chapter 4
68
Chapter 5
83
Chapter 6
110
Chapter 7
128
Chapter 8
142
Chapter 9
171
Chapter 10
185
Chapter 11
202
Chapter 12
220
Acknowledgments
229
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About the author (2009)

Patricia Hampl is the author of five memoirs—A Romantic Education, Virgin Time, I Could Tell You Stories, Blue Arabesque, and The Florist’s Daughter—and two collections of poetry. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among many other awards. Hampl lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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