Do you enjoy reading books in English? Our Literary Circle discusses a different book each month. You can drop by regularly or you can join us for only one evening. Mark Olival-Bartley leads the discussion. Free admission.

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Literary Circle / Free admission


A shorter version of this work first appeared in The New Yorker in 1969, which Eudora Welty expanded into a novel that was published in 1972, the year it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  Here 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 young stepmother return to the small Mississippi town where Laurel had grown up. There, in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.


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