The Optimist's Daughter (Large Print / Paperback)
Are you in the mood for a "classic" but maybe the usual suspects aren't quite leaping off the shelves? Might I recommend Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter?
This short and potent novel is about a woman's return to her childhood home in Mississippi which has been bequeathed to her father's antagonistic second wife. Never in a rush to hook or seduce, Welty's gossamer prose and feather-light touches of revelation will reward patient readers with entry into an unexpected space of tenderness and empathy. The Optimist's Daughter is the kind of book you'll find yourself thinking back to with a knowing smile on your face.
The Optimist's Daughter 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 silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.