My first Eudora Welty novel may be my last. I found her dialogue difficult to follow. The second wife with her unusually high opinion of herself despite lack of evidence is the most intriguing character.
Daughter Laurel and her younger step-mother Fay navigate her father’s last weeks of life and his death in New Orleans and a small Mississippi town.
Amazing characterizations and a great view of small town sensibilities. Howard Moss wrote in a 'New York Times' review in 1972, "Two kinds of people, two versions of life, two contending forces in America collide in 'The Optimist's Daughter.' Its small dramatic battle sends reverberations in every direction." Oh, the power of memory! A classic.
I love the flavor of Southern writing and this little book is one of the best I've read. It's about a youngish widow who leaves her independent life in Chicago to return to her hometown in Mississippi to care for her dad -- and must contend with his new wife.
Sure, the language is nice, if you're into that sort of thing. But meh, it was boring.
recommend - fine choice of language
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