The Optimist's Daughter

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - Fiction - 192 pages
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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.

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User Review  - LisaMorr - LibraryThing

It's about a young (well, youngish, I'm not sure of her age) widow who comes home when her 70+ year-old father tells her he needs to see the doctor for trouble with his eyes. Her widowed father ... Read full review

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User Review  - lycomayflower - LibraryThing

I had trouble getting in to this, then I discovered an audiobook version read by Welty herself and that fixed it. She just makes it all come alive. Mostly a character study (and also a study of a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

One of America's most admired authors, Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909. . She was educated locally and at Mississippi State College for Women, the University of Wisconsin, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is the author of, among many other books, One Writer's Beginnings, The Robber Bridegroom, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, and The Optimist's Daughter which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She died in 2001.

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