The Optimist's Daughter
First UK edition of Eudora Welty's Pulitzer Prize winning novel
First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13cm, 180pp.
The people of Mount Salus, Mississippi always felt good about Judge McKelva. He was a quiet, solid reassuring figure, just as a judge should be. Then, ten years after his first wife's death, he marries the frivolous young Wanda Fay. No-one can understand his action, not least his beloved daughter, Laurel, who finds it hard to accept the new bride. It is only some years later, when circumstance brings her back to her childhood home, that Laurel stirs old memories and comes to understand the peculiarities of her upbringing, and the true relationship between her parents and herself.
This copy is in very good condition. There is light dusting to the pages' top edge, and an inoffensive label to the ffep. The dustwrapper has not been price-clipped (though the price has a biro mark through it) and is now within a protective sleeve.