November 1, 2011

Driving Miss Daisy

Alfred Uhry, 1987
At first, Miss Daisy
refuses Hoke's help, but time
forges a strong bond

It's obvious from the beginning that Miss Daisy Werthan is a handful. She's a feisty Southern Jewish woman in her early 70's and she is determined to do everything for herself. Problems occur, naturally, when her son Boolie hires an African-American chauffeur named Hoke to drive his mother. The back-and-forth between these two characters lends itself to fresh dialogue and a fascinating dynamic.

This Pulitzer Prize-winner is pretty short, but in a small amount of time is able to show an honesty that doesn't normally exist in modern writing. These two people, thrust together, build a friendship over many years that is so significant because of their many differences. Some of the best stories show people who are completely separated by circumstance and situation becoming a family. (PG)

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