The Florist's Daughter

The Florist's Daughter

A Memoir

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 entrZe into 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. The Florist's Daughter is a tribute to the ardor of supposedly ordinary people. Its concerns reach beyond a single life to achieve a historic testament to midcentury middle America. At the heart of this book 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 masterful memoirists, Patricia Hampl has written her most intimate, yet most universal, work to date.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780151012572
Call Number: 921 HAMPL
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Hampl, Patricia, 1946- -- Childhood and youth.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Daughters -- United States -- Biography.
Saint Paul (Minn.) -- Social life and customs.


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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.

Jun 14, 2012

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


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