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This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available in this volume.

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Fran D

Sep 6, 2012


These stories are disturbing yet valuable. O' Connor uses symbolism and is often subtle but poignant in what she is trying to convey.

ian j

Jul 22, 2011

Faultless Flannery.

If you want to hear the voice and resonance of the deep South read this book by O'Connor. The short stories within all carry a moral message without the author moralizing. Each tale is refreshing and moving because O'Connor is a master story teller. Her use of metaphor and simile is superb and she is one of the best writers at it.
Some stories are better than others, of course, but all are very readable. I regard the book as a treasury.


Feb 18, 2010

Great gift

I purchased this for a friend and also for my daughter, Melissa Simpson, as she wrote a biography on O'Connor several years ago for school use.


Nov 13, 2008

Perfect storytelling

What a great snapshot of a different time and place -- that really aren't that different. These are timeless stories that are a joy to read and reread.


Mar 15, 2007

Won't Ever Put It Down

After reading this book two years ago, I've never quite been able to get away from it. I start it over and over again. Each time, about half way through, I'm overcome by the uncontrollable urge to start it over again - revisit the feelings evoked by her words. The stories are haunting and beautiful and scary. The forward was written with such love that you feel as if you're traveling with Ms. O'Connor as she writes and edits each story. Some of the opening stories are a little rough, but if you stick with her, you're going to be rewarded. If you have an aspiring writer in your family (not for children or very young adults), buy them this book. Each page is an example of Great Writing and they will be a better writer for having read its words.

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