The Florist's Daughter

The Florist's Daughter

Book - 2007
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During the long farewell of her mother's dying, Patricia Hampl revisits her midwestern girlhood.Daughter of a debonair Czech father, whose floral work gave him entr#65533;e to St. Paul society, and a distrustful Irishwoman with an uncanny ability to tell a tale,Hampl remained, primarily and passionately, a daughter well into adulthood. She traces the arc of faithfulness and struggle that comes with that role--from the postwar years past the turbulent sixties. At the heart of The Florist's Daughter is the humble passion of people who struggled out of the Depression into a better chance, not only for themselves but for the common good.Widely recognized as one of our most masterly memoirists, Patricia Hampl has written an extraordinary memoir that is her most intimate, yet most universal, work to date.This transporting work will resonate with readers of Francine du Plessix Gray's Them: A Memoir of Parents and JeannetteWall's The Glass Castle.
ISBN: 9780156034036
9780151012572
0151012571
Characteristics: 227 pages ;,22 cm.

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howiecat
Sep 29, 2015

I enjoyed this book. I was born in Minneapolis but was raised on the W. Coast. It gave me a lot of insight into the Midwest and why people stay there for many reasons. It seems everyone wants to get out but this makes it clear why family matters. Read it.

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gwrhcr
Jun 14, 2012

A beautifully written and well-balanced reflection on family dynamics and their shaping of our lives.

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