This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment. The title story is a tragicomedy about social pride, racial bigotry, generational conflict, false liberalism, and filial dependence. The protagonist, Julian Chestny, is hypocritically disdainful of his mother's prejudices, but his smug selfishness is replaced with childish fear when she suffers a fatal stroke after being struck by a black woman she has insulted out of oblivious ignorance rather than malice. Similarly, "The Comforts of Home" is about an intellectual son with an oedipus complex. Driven by the voice of his dead father, the son accidentally kills his sentimental mother in an attempt to murder a harlot. The other stories are "A View of the Woods," "Parker's Back," "The Enduring Chill," "Greenleaf," "The Lame Shall Enter First," "Revelation," and "Judgment Day." Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.
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by Flannery O'Connor
by Carlene O'Connor
by Barbara O'Connor
by Richard Paul Evans
by Tim Powers
by Peter Matthiessen
by Sharon Melnick
by Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf
by Karen Karbiener
by Karolyn Smardz Frost
"The characters who inhabit O'Connor's short stories live in severely circumscribed worlds. Narrow-minded and ignorant, they are ultimately revealed as victims of social forces beyond their control as well as their own painfully limited knowledge of themselves. Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and Lorna Raver flawlessly convey the characters' ignorance as well as their gut-wrenching epiphanies. The choice of narrator for each story appears to be based on its central consciousness: a grandfather sadly misreading his little granddaughter, a grown son tragically misjudging his mother, a middle-aged woman unable to comprehend the social changes that have erased the world she once knew, among others. This production expertly communicates O'Connor's literary complexity. L.X.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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