The Florist's Daughter

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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During the long farewell of her mother’s dying, Patricia Hampl revisits her midwestern girlhood.Daughter of a debonair Czech father, whose floral work gave him entrée to St. Paul society, and a distrustful Irishwoman with an uncanny ability to tell a tale,Hampl remained, primarily and passionately, a daughter well into adulthood. She traces the arc of faithfulness and struggle that comes with that role—from the postwar years past the turbulent sixties. At the heart of The Florist’s Daughter is the humble passion of people who struggled out of the Depression into a better chance, not only for themselves but for the common good.Widely recognized as one of our most masterly memoirists, Patricia Hampl has written an extraordinary memoir that is her most intimate, yet most universal, work to date.This transporting work will resonate with readers of Francine du Plessix Gray’s Them: A Memoir of Parents and JeannetteWall’s The Glass Castle.
 

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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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User Review  - ncgraham - LibraryThing

Patricia Hampl's latest work opens with her sitting by her mother's deathbed, reflecting on her childhood in middle-class St. Paul and the life of daughter hood that is about to end. Having never read ... 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 four memoirs—A Romantic Education, Virgin Time, I Could Tell You Stories, and Blue Arabesque—and two collections of poetry. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among many other awards. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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