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The Optimist's Daughter: A Novel By
The Optimist's Daughter A Novel By
Author: Eudora Welty
“It is easy to praise Eudora Welty,” as Robert Penn Warren has written, “but it is not so easy to analyze the elements in her work that make it so easy—and such a deep plea-sure—to praise. To say that may, indeed, be the highest praise, for it implies that the work, at its best, is so fully created, so deeply realiz...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375508356
ISBN-10: 037550835X
Publication Date: 5/7/2002
Pages: 192
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Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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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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