The Optimist's Daughter LP

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HarperCollins, Mar 1, 2000 - Fiction - 182 pages
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The Optimist's Daughter is 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. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.

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Some good characterizations and character contrasts. - LibraryThing
The plot involves an obnoxious second wife. - LibraryThing
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You can see why Ms. Welty is an institution when you read this book. There are so many great quotes, examples of completely true but uniquely conceived observations of life. I'd come back to this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

My sister insisted I read this because I'd never read any Eudora Welty. I've always meant to, so I agreed. It was a fine book. My sister claims she reads this over and over again. I will not be doing that. Read full review

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Eudora Welty's long list of memorable novels and short stories includes A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, The Bride of Innisfallen, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, and Losing Battles. She was awarded the 1972 Pulitzer for Fiction for The Optimist's Daughter. Ms. Welty died in 2001 at the age of 92.

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