This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel tells 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. Along in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.
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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. Eudora Welty’s Pulitzer-winning novel doesn’t waste a single word. Her sharp observations on love, loss, and how our surroundings shape our character will resonate, no matter where you grew up.