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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Truly a Classic

    Eudora Welty's, The Optimist's Daughter, is a superbly crafted glimpse at family dynamics and unconditional love and devotion. Welty's characters are richly layered without screaming for attention. The reader is left to draw their own conclusions as the plot unfolds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Happiness Found In Sadness

    'The best book Eudora Welty has ever written.' said the New York Times. Eudora Welty's THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER is a very well written and interesting novel with a different setting and unusual characters, a well-developed plot, and connections for all readers. THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER tells the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, who grew up in Mississippi and has recently lost her father and who lost her mother a few years earlier. While at Laurel's childhood home after her father dies, she gets trapped inside her mother's old sewing room, which has been ruined by her father's second wife and now widow, Fay. While inside the sewing room, Laurel learns more about her parents and family than she had known in her entire life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Heart-warming story

    Although the plot was simple, there was so much more to the book than the storyline. With a little thought and contemplation, you will see that this book teaches us about contending w/ death, humanity, and honoring the deceaesd. It is entirely worthy of the pulitzer prize it won in 1973.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Beautiful writing

    Welty's book, The Optimist's Daughter, is beautifully written to showcase the use of the written language and that of the spoken dialect in small town Mississippi. It's a joy to read and it easily transports the reader to the South and back to the mid-1900's. The story unfolds very slowly. It opens at a somber time for the McKelva family, but we are encouraged as Judge McKelva is an optimist. The limited action picks up speed with additional characters and their interaction. The the real story is not the action, but the self reflection by Laurel, the optimist's daughter. We learn her history and follow her process of letting go. It's difficult to write a story that makes "inaction" the "action" and Welty did a wonderful job of it. It's fair to say that if the story was changed to current time, the ending might have been different -- which would make a great group discussion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    Optimist's Daughter

    Optimist's Daughter is a slow paced, narrative sort of book. It appears to be an autobiographical account of Eudora Welty's life. A Pulitzer Prize winner, it is considered by many critics to be one of her best and most famous works As a typical Southerner, she tells detailed stories at the drop of a hat, a simple question usually turns into a long drawn-out story. Most of Welty's works seem to draw upon inner beauty of the southern characters. I won't go into specific details of the novel, but I will say it makes for great reading and is difficult book to put down.

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    Posted June 25, 2009

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