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Flannery: A Life

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Flannery: A Life

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In Season
Brad Gooch
Little, Brown and Company
Biography, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

It’s hard to believe, but this is the first major biography of the Georgia-?born-and-bred Flannery O’Connor, who brought ?to life a bedraggled collection of Southern misfits in dark, ?savage, sometimes deeply funny ?novels and stories like Wise Blood and ?”A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” (”When I’m asked why Southern writers have a penchant for writing about freaks, ?I say it’s because we are still able to recognize one,” she once said.) Diagnosed at 25 with lupus, O’Connor worked urgently, almost frantically, ?until her death at 39, churning out one critically acclaimed book after another. Thanks to Brad Gooch’s Flannery: A Life, she emerges once again, as quirky, passionate, and ?tart-tongued as ever. A

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