In Flannery O'Connor's fiction, the southern states of the USA become the stage for the playing out of tragi-comic events, illuminated by her deeply-held Catholic beliefs. Her dialogue is often hilarious - these are funny stories, even when they end in death. If you've seen "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", you'll know it's based (quite vaguely) on the Odyssey, but the atmosphere of southern weirdness is right out of O'Connor. The generous selection of her letters gives her own witty take on what she was writing - while living with debilitating illness leading to an early death.