Up-and-coming author Ann Napolitano presents a novelization of the challenges legendary writer Flannery O'Connor faced in life. After becoming crippled, Flannery leaves New York and returns to her Georgia hometown. There, she crosses paths with Southern belle Cookie, Cookie's fiance Melvin, and a policeman's wife. Inspired by the difficulties Flannery has overcome, those who meet her examine their own lives from a new perspective. " . sharp and thoughtfully written."-Library Journal
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"Napolitano's book, set during the two years preceding the death of its pivotal character, Flannery O'Connor, is fiction, not biography. On the night before Cookie and Melvin's wedding, O'Connor's peacocks set up an unholy racket, leading to a series of bizarre events. With sections divided into "Good," "Hard," and "Look," Debra Monk's performance deftly delineates each of the characters whose lives appear to revolve around the famous ailing author. (O'Connor suffered from lupus, the autoimmune disease that killed her father.) Monk offers an unsentimental O'Connor and a confused, unhappy Melvin. She manages a subtle shrewishness as Cookie and mind-numbing ennui as Lona, the police chief's wife. Napolitano's stark prose depicts the unexamined lives of the residents of Milledgeville, Georgia, O'Connor's hometown, and Monk delivers all truthfully. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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