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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eudora Welty Narrator: Sally Darling Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Set on the Mississippi Delta in 1923, this story captures the mind and manners of the Fairchilds, a large aristocratic family, self-contained and elusive as the wind. The vagaries of the Fairchilds are keenly observed, and sometimes harshly judged, by nine-year-old Laura McRaven, a Fairchild cousin who takes The Yellow Dog train to the Delta for Dabney Fairchild's wedding. An only child whose mother has just died, Laura is resentful of her boisterous, careless cousins, and desperate for their acceptance. As the hour moves closer and closer to wedding day, Laura arrives at a more subtle understanding of both the Fairchilds and herself. Born in 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi, Eudora Welty is one of the South's finest novelists. She won a Pulitzer in 1972 for The Optimist's Daughter. Delta Wedding is her best known work.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 2/20/2014

    " I read about 2/3 of this book but had to call it quits. This is the first time I've read Eudora Welty, whose photography I love. She writes beautifully, but it wasn't enough to hold my attention. Maybe I've read too much Southern writing recently, but I felt that I was drowning amid too many characters and too little action. I believe this was her first novel so maybe that explains it. In any case, I would be interested to read her other work (perhaps just short stories, though!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " Eudora Welty has without a doubt a gift for words. She captures moments and brings them to life through the written word. What she cannot do is craft a story that flows. She should have written poetry, and left prose to those minions who know how to write simple dialog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 2/15/2014

    " This large and clamorous Southern family living on a plantation in the Mississippi Delta in 1923 has conversations that made me smile and even chuckle. Not very much action, but the conversations back and forth as the family prepares for Dabney Fairchild's wedding is delightful and reminiscent of families everywhere. I loved the narration of Sally Darling on the audio recording. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/15/2014

    " for a southern girl this was an amazing book. i could feel, hear and smell everything ! at first i had to re-read some of the passages and then decided reading them out loud helped a lot. the whole book felt like i was taken back in time and witnessed the preparations for this wedding, the love the family had for each other and the truly southern ways... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/1/2014

    " I'm a sucker for southern fiction. There is something about it that is really haunting. Eudora Welty is one of my favs. Great book. It's on my recommendation list. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa | 1/21/2014

    " This was the most hard to follow book I have ever read. There were so many family members that it was very difficult to remember each one. I kept on having to read back to remember characters. Only two people in our book club finished the book. They didn't have anything really positive to say about it either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaimie | 1/19/2014

    " Great southern lit. Watch out for complex sentence structure and pronouns without an antecedent. I like the way it looks at family relationships and the way and individual thinks she knows what people are really like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M.E.G. | 8/14/2013

    " Couldn't get all the way through, prefer her short stories I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/15/2013

    " eudora welty makes me wish we'd never moved away from the delta. and thankful we did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dhartridge | 5/15/2013

    " I'm rereading it for my book group. I let myself sink into the language and the characters. It creates a time and way of life. I love the way she captures speech. Not much plot, but I can feel myself there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 5/4/2013

    " Read something else, anything else that Eudora's written and it's way better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kati | 10/26/2012

    " This book was pretty good. I read it for an English class an it presents an idea of what life was like way back when people still owned plantations and ladies were expected to act proper and all. It wasn't necessarily one of my favorites but it was a pretty interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/7/2012

    " i can't really get into her but i went to her house on our summer road trip in jackson, ms "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elisabeth Cohen | 11/4/2011

    " I started reading this b/c I had not read any of Welty's novels, only short stories. This book was hard for me to get through b/c there was little defined plot, it was a somewhat interesting view of a delta family. I like most of her other work much much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley J. | 10/8/2011

    " Good, but Welty's syntax can often be hard to follow. Southern and mysterious, it slowly illustrates the lives and histories in a Southern family through shifting points-of-view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billie | 5/31/2011

    " I haven't read any Welty in years and had forgotten how amazing she is. Funny, insightful, and just beautiful writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/21/2010

    " I read this book every few years. It is magical, the writing pulls you right into the story and the setting. A genteel family in the delta prepares for a wedding, and a young cousin visits. The writing just sings to you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie Watkins | 6/16/2010

    " Southern Gothic purple prose gets no better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Martin | 5/31/2010

    " The works of Welty are some of the most enjoyable reads. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott Bodien | 3/21/2010

    " horrid experience reading this story that went nowhere "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 10/14/2009

    " Read for Southern Voices-Delta Wedding 9/2006 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/1/2008

    " Just re-read. 'Delta Wedding' is really baller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 6/30/2008

    " The Optimist's Daughter. I listened to Welty herself read the book on audio tape and fell in love with her voice and accent and delivery. Then I wanted to read the book itself, which is wonderful, though perhaps improved by hearing it first from her. "

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About the Author
Author Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty’s (1909–2001) long list of memorable novels and short stories includes A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, The Bride of Innisfallen, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, and Losing Battles. In 1972 she was awarded the Pulitzer for Fiction for The Optimist’s Daughter and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

About the Narrator

Sally Darling, a graduate of Wellesley, made her professional debut as Anna in The King and I with members of the original Broadway cast. She worked with Katherine Houghton in a production of Murder in the Cathedral performed in the chapel at West Point Military Academy. As a director, she has workshopped productions of musicals slated for Broadway. She has directed numerous regional productions and has created several revues. She is also an acclaimed audiobook narrator.