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Eudora Welty's bittersweet account of the demise of an influential Southern gentleman and the effects of his death upon his family is one of my favorite books. Judge McKelva was a force to be reckoned with in the small town in Mississippi where he and his first wife raised their daughter. Laurel had long since left home to pursue a career in Chicago. When she returns for her father's last days and his funeral, she has to deal with the Judge's second wife. Fay is a painfully uncultured young woman who, Laurel begins to wonder, must have only seemed attractive to her father because of his loneliness and failing eyesight. By turns funny and moving. Ms. Welty is a towering presence even in an area of the country that has given America some of its best writers. — Alden Graves

A quiet triumph. The relationship between narrative voice and protagonist is incredibly subtle and refined...and the END!...If you haven't read Welty, this is a great place to start. — Parke Haskell


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