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The Optimist's Daughter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    A Perceptive Journey

    To respond to the previous reviewer--I think that is the type of book that is better appreciated when the reader has experienced a similar situation to the one the author writes about. The central character, an adult, has to adjust to the loss of her proper mother and find out how she fits in her father's life after he remarries a shallow, self-centered woman. Having a similar situation in my own life, I was able to see humor in the novel and better understand my own feelings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    A nice story

    The story centers on Laurel McKelva. She's a sensible young woman whose father recently died after undergoing a minor eye operation. She travels with her flighty and selfish stepmother Fay, back to the small town in Mississippi where she grew up. Once she is alone in the old house she makes some revelations about her past, her parents and herself. This is a very well-written book. Perfect if you like stories with little or no action. The most action in the book occurs when Fay returns to the house where a slightly heated confrontation occurs, but even that is short and subdued. How much you enjoy this book will depend on how much you like Laurel since she is the center of the story. Personally, I liked her, she has strong character, a strong sense of self and isn't afraid to put her foolish and overbearing stepmother in her place. Overall, a very good book.

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