The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

The story revolves around a woman who returns to her southern hometown to care for her ailing father. After his death, she is confronted by the harsh realities of her past and the complexities of her present. She navigates through the difficult dynamics of her family, her father's young second wife, and the superficial social circle of her community, all while grappling with her own grief. The novel explores themes of memory, loss, and the often complicated relationships within families.

The 1117th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 336

Since this book was first published in 1972, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 336.0.

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