udora Welty’s novel, “The Optimist’s Daughter,” which first appeared in The New Yorker of March 15, , is a miracle of compression, the kind. The Optimist’s Daughter. By Eudora Welty · March 15, P. The New Yorker, March 15, P. Laurel’s father, Judge McKelva, died in the hospital 3. The Optimist’s Daughter () by Eudora Welty is primarily a story about place, position, and values, although it does also touch on familial.

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And so, memory and death are dealt with and reconciled. When she watched his right hand go about its work, it looked to her like the Hand of his name. Many readers overlook Welty or disregard her work because it is “stuffed” into a certain genre, Southern Ophimist, which limits her exposure. The judge takes a long time to recover from the operation, and Mrs Martello is installed as an experienced night nurse.

Eudora Welty’s New Novel About Death and Class

Phillip had large, good hands, and extraordinary thumbs–double-jointed where they left the palms, nearly at right angles; their long, blunt tips wely strongly back. An only child to the widower Judge, Laurel feels it is her duty to preside over her father at his time of potimist. View all 5 comments. Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan Laurel Hand comes back home to Mississippi to be a support for her father, Judge McKelva, during a minor surgery to correct a torn retina in his eye.

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I really enjoyed this one. I’ve read some other reviews and realize that the book was confusing to some people even to the point that they gave up relatively early in the book. From a narrative rife with dialogue, there is a deepening of the layers during the later passages about the optimist’s daughter and much prose that delicately pokes at the fabric of memory and a child’s relationship to both her birth mother and her father.


So quietly and eloquently written and brutally full of heart. She has remained a widow by choice. Let the language become more optinist as the book advances. Want to Read saving….

And it also served as long-awaited proof that I can still be positively smitten with a book despite a fist-clenchingly hateful character’s prominent role in it. Her rudeness is outrageous, and her wety and greed are astounding. The funeral is pretty spectacular.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the story Laurel and Fay have many arguments because optimisst Fay’s rude personality. But their confrontation is so satisfying. That outlet is Laurel’s histrionic, selfish and utterly unlikeable stepmother, Fay — who reminded me so much of my mother that I couldn’t help but pound this book that I loved against whatever surface closest to me in achingly frustrated empathy for Laurel. The storyline seemed disjointed and at times defied belief.

Please do not misunderstand: This is a simple story, but wwelty been deeply rooted in the Southern soil.

I hated it, optimizt because I felt the …more Have you read it? I can see many can get a lot out of this book. Welty’s novel has spunk. Even though Laurel has lived away and in the north, the entire town knows her and shares her innermost secrets.

The Optimist’s Daughter

And, yeah, they both seem pretty happy with the way things are but that doesn’t stop me from feeling terrible on their behalf. Nothing is her fault, ever. Welty never ceases to amaze with her dark and subtle look into Southern culture.

It’s not easy becoming an orphan at any age. As pesky as a gnat and as prone to tantrums as a spoiled child, she is undoubtedly irritating.


Through all this Laurel tries to support her father but Fay carries on and makes scene after scene – insisting that the judge recover – and probably hastening his demise. Laurel looks for a breadboard, something old and precious to her, and finds that Fay has thrown it out, either years ago, or only a few days ago, out of spite. Because although the description was realistic, it was also too much at surface.

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (1960)

Email required Address never made public. The Optimist’s Daughter is a subtle, old-fashioned novel set in the South that explores social class, death, and values through the conflict between the middle-aged, widowed, well-bred daughter of a judge, Laurel, and her ignorant, red necked, younger stepmother, Fay.

From a narrative rife with dialogue, there is a deepening of the layers during the later passages about the optimist’s daughter and much prose that delica Welty’s novel has spunk. I’ve wondered if I read this book well.

She comes to a place of understanding that Fay can never share, and she leaves small town Mississippi with the memories she can carry with her. The Southern Literary Journal. It was written much later than the bulk of the rest of her work. I lost a saintly grandmother who died in such horrific pain that I have never forgiven the religion that she spent so much time nurturing. His wife, Fay McKelva, younger than his daughter is also there to offer support, but really seems to be more of a hindrance than a help to the recover of her 72 year old husband.

A escrita de Eudora Welty.