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The Optimist"s Daughter

Eudora Welty

The Optimist"s Daughter

by Eudora Welty

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Published by Random House Audio .
Written in English


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Open LibraryOL7461175M
ISBN 100394558707
ISBN 109780394558707

The Optimist’s Daughter Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for The Optimist’s Daughter is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.. Ask Your Own Question. She is the author of, among many other books, One Writer’s Beginnings, The Robber Bridegroom, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, and The Optimist’s Daughter which won the Pulitzer Prize in She died in More about this author >.

Recurrent in Welty’s fiction, including The Optimist’s Daughter, is the paradox of the family as both nurturing and stifling. Despite their powerful mutual affection, Laurel—and, in her.   The Optimist’s Daughter is a brief, powerful, and deeply wise meditation on grief and memory. After reconnecting with her ailing father, Chicago-based designer Laurel returns to her childhood home in small-town Mississippi. Being surrounded by friends and family reconnects Laurel with her past and nourishes her in a time of mourning/5(62).

"The Optimist's Daughter" explores themes of differences among people, past and present, loss and moving on with a high degree of wisdom, subtlety, and humor. The book consists of only a small number of scenes but they are developed extensively with great artistry. This is an excellent novel that bears close reading by an important American author/5(2). The Optimist's Daughter NPR coverage of The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.


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The Optimist's Daughter is the tale of Laurel McKelva, a middle-aged widower living in Chicago, called to New Orleans to be with her ailing father the Judge. After the Judge passes - one doesn't say dies in the South - Laurel and her step-mother, the younger and self-centered Wanda Fay, return to the family home in Mississippi to bury the Judge/5.

The Optimist's Daughter is a compact and inward-looking little novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner that's slight of page yet big of heart. The optimist in question is year-old Judge McKelva, who has come to a New Orleans hospital from Mount Salus, Mississippi, complaining of a Cited by: SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics.

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The optimist in question is year-old Judge McKelva, who has come to a New Orleans hospital from Mount Salus, Mississippi, complaining of a 4/5(). 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 /5(33). Where does The Optimist's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far. thoroughly enjoyable What was one of the most memorable moments of The Optimist's Daughter.

I loved the description of the sewing woman, Miss Berna Longmeyer. Her description tells a deep story about that exact time in the south. She was primarily a short story writer although her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize.

From Humanities magazine, as quoted in The Atlantic: Her three avocations—gardening, current events, and photography—were, like her writing, deeply informed by a desire to secure fragile moments as objects of art.

The Optimist’s Daughter deals with family relationships, as do the earlier novels Delta Wedding and Losing Battles and many of Welty’s short stories. The Optimist’s Daughter, however. Those who didn't enjoy the topsyturvy eccentricity of Losing Battles will be happy to find Miss Welty back in the changeless countryside of her earlier short novels where memory is the eternal revenant keeping alive places and people often in the mortmain of the past.

Thus Laurel returns home, after the death of her mother, after her father has remarried the common Wanda Fay. '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 3/5(47).

This book had an interesting connection for me because my mom wrote an (unpublished) book not too long ago called “The Optimist’s Apprentice,” which had nothing in common with Eudora Welty’s novel except the similarities in the titles and the ‘optimist’ in Mom’s book is also the heroine’s father.

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The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty on Amazon. Large cast of characters and complex relationships. In The Optimist’s Daughter, readers will discover a large cast of characters and the complexity of their relationships, the rich humor and subtlety of dialog that reveals without describing, the wideness of scope compressed within the boundaries of a short novel, the.

The Optimist’s Daughter: Readers’ Guide Developed by Lee Anne Bryan, Former Education and Outreach Specialist for the Eudora Welty House and Garden 1. The novel begins with Judge McKelva, Fay, and Laurel in an examining room, with Size: 81KB. Buy a cheap copy of The Optimist's Daughter book by Eudora Welty.

The Optimist's Daughter is a compact and inward-looking little novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner that's slight of page yet big of heart. The optimist in question is Free shipping over $Cited by: The Optimist's Daughter () About book: /5This is less a review than a running collection of my thoughts as recorded in an experimental thread for "The Southern Literary Trail" ILaurel seems like she's got a lot to learn about her father and perhaps mother.

I'm wondering whether Fay will be the conduit for that learning. The contentious relationship that exists right /5(5). The New Yorker, Ma P.

Laurel's father, Judge McKelva, died in the hospital 3 weeks after a complicated but supposedly successful eye. The Optimist’s Daughter is one of the books that I am assigned to read for a workshop I’m taking in February.I can’t quite believe I’m about to admit this on the internet, but I had never read Eudora Welty before I picked up this book – not even that short story “Why I Live at the P.O” that is in every short story anthology known to man.

The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty, Knopf Doubleday pp. ISBN Summary 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.

The Optimist's Daughter Book Summary and Study Guide. Eudora Welty Booklist Eudora Welty Message Board. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Optimist's Daughter; Laurel McKelva Hand leaves her job as a textile designer in Chicago, to go back home to the South when her father calls because he's sick.

This book opens with Judge McKelva seeing a. The Optimist's Daughter Quotes Showing of 40 “The mystery in how little we know of other people is no greater than the mystery of how much, Laurel thought.” ― Eudora Welty, The Optimist's DaughterCited by: Buy The Optimist's Daughter (Virago Modern Classics) New Ed by Welty, Eudora, Mcneil, Helen (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

Everyday low prices and free delivery on 4/5().Optimists Daughter by Eudora Welty available in Trade Paperback onalso read synopsis and reviews. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left 4/5(1).