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The Optimist's Daughter
The Optimist's Daughter
Author: Eudora Welty
The Optimist's Daughter, winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a war widow in her mid-forties who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father, a prominent retired judge, is undergoing surgery for a "little disturbance" in his vision.  After...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780965374712
ISBN-10: 0965374718
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 180
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3.6 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Book-of-the-Month Club
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
The story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a woman who returns to the south where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. In her old house, Laurel comes to an understanding of the past, herself and her parents. The best part is how the writing puts you right in the story and makes you feel the emotions of the characters.
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A speedy tale of a woman, Laurel, dealing with the death of her father and the aftermath he left behind by marrying a woman, Fay, the same age as his daughter. Fay is cursed with the always-frustrating combination of ignorance and pride, leaving the reader with a taste of disgust. The final scene is particularly powerful, as Fay spews some hurtful and personally-directed venom at Laurel.
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An expanded short story about love and death.

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