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The Optimist's Daughter ()

Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) (1973)

This is the excruciating story of a southern girl who returns home on the death of her fairly aged father & proves completely unable to cope with it.  She battles through 200 pages of hysteria & confrontations with her trophy wife step-mother, until she comes to terms with her past & her father's passing.

I waited and waited for something to happen or some deep thoughts to be unfurled, but waited for naught.


Grade: (D)


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