The Optimist's Daughter (Large Print / Paperback)

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Laurel McKelva, a widow,
takes a leave of absence from her very successful job in Chicago to
return to New Orleans to help care for her ailing father. Trying to be
of comfort to him. Laurel must also endure her very young and selfish
step mother, Fay. After her father's death, she and her step mother
travel back to the family home in Mount Salus, Mississippi to make
arrangements for his funeral. Laurel's jounrey is more than one of miles
and sadness, but also of the heart and of coming to terms with her own

Beautifully and memorably told, Eudora Welty's simple, visual sentences
convey deep and complex relationships as only marvelous writers can do.
The author has a finger on the pulse of this small southern town,
understanding friendships, relatives and the inner workings of our
minds. This short novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973. A
"must read" for those who love the subtle descriptive portrayals of
human relationships.

— Karen L.


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060955878
ISBN-10: 0060955872
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: PerfectBound
Publication Date: March 1st, 2000
Pages: 192
Language: English
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