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The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
Time Warner Books 1984

Judge Mc Kelva was a quiet, solid reassuring figure just as a judge should be. Then, ten years after his first wife’s death he marries the frivolous young Wanda Fay. No one can understand his action, not least his beloved daughter, Laurel, who finds it hard to accept the new bride. It is only some years later that Laurel understands the true relationship between her parents and herself. Welty’s theme is memory, the confusion of life and the comedy of love.
Eudora Welty was born in Mississippi. This partly autobiographical novel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

 
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
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