A vivid and charming portrait of a large southern family, the Fairchilds, who live on a plantation in the Mississippi delta. The story, set in 1923, is exquisitely woven from the ordinary events of family life, centered around the visit of a young relative, Laura McRaven, and the family's preparations for her cousin Dabney's wedding.
Perhaps it was the language that drew me in, or the sense of being, like its heroine Laura, expatriate from a southern family. But I read Eudora Welty s Delta Wedding on the porch of a southern town where I was working as a newspaper journalist a half decade ago and never forgot it. At the time I was at a loss to explain its enchantments: In the book, nothing happened, and then nothing happened some more. At long last something was lost, something else found. A few subtle acts of memory and mis-memory took place. In the last five pages, I felt saddened and as if something at once very small and wide had been resettled.