The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
"The Optimist's Daughter" follows Laurel McKelva Hand as she copes with the death of her father. Laurel was raised in the South but moved to Chicago to follow an art career. Laurel and her young step-mother take her father to Mississippi for burial.
In her fathers old house, Laurel must come to terms with the past.
It's a simple little story, but it has a big emotional impact if you've lost a parent.