'O'Connor has a light touch, which lands like iron, and a keen, curious and unflattering eye. She is ferocious and elegant' Guardian 'Once read, she cannot be forgotten' Financial Times
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Flannery O'Connor is one of the great American short story writers, celebrated for her 'Southern Gothic' allegories of rural backwoods Georgia. She once referred to A Good Man Is Hard To Find
as 'nine stories about original sin'. Combining a deft comic sensibility with the grotesque and tragic, they are stories in which characters lead lives of brutal poverty and fierce cruelty; where ordinary events tip over into misfortune, violence and despair. With her merciless eye for detail and ear for dialogue, Flannery O'Connor has been likened to a Southern Jane Austen.
"O'Connor has a light touch, which lands like iron, and a keen, curious and unflattering eye. She is ferocious and elegant." Guardian
"She was for me the first great modern writer of the South." Alice Walker
"Her instruments are a brutal irony, a slam-bang humour and a style of writing as balefully direct as a death sentence." Time
"Much savagery, compassion, farce, art and truth have gone into these stories. Miss O'Connor's characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer." Robert Lowell