A Good Hard Look : A Novel of Flannery O'Connor
Forced by illness to leave behind a successful life as a writer in New York, Flannery O'Connor has returned to her family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. She desires a quiet, solitary existence, but her mother, Regina, drags Flannery to the wedding of a family friend.The embodiment of southern womanhood, Cookie Himmel is Flannery's antithesis and has returned from her time in Manhattan to marry rich fiancE, Melvin Whiteson. Lona Waters, a dutiful housewife, is hired by Cookie to help create a perfect home, but when she is given an opportunity to remember what it feels like to be truly alive, and she seizes it with both hands.In the course of one tragic afternoon, these characters must take a good hard look at the choices they have made and face up to O'Connor's observation that "the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
- Paperback | 331 pages
- 134 x 200 x 22mm | 258.55g
- 26 Jun 2012
- Penguin Books
- United States
"Napolitano doesn't attempt to mimic Flannery O'Connor's writing style, turning instead to her own lyric take on the human condition. She's not written a biography of Flannery, though the character is well rooted in research....While [Flannery's] interaction is key to the story, she is a catalyst. One cannot imagine the novel without her, but she is just one in a cast of fully fleshed- out and entrancing characters."
About Ann Napolitano
Ann Napolitano is the author of the novel "Within Arm's Reach." She is a graduate of Connecticut College and received her MFA from New York University. She lives in New York City with her family.