A Good Hard Look

A Good Hard Look : A Novel of Flannery O'Connor

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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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 331 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143121154
  • 9780143121152
  • 1,313,780

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"Ann Napolitano's second novel, "A Good Hard Look", is haunted by those peacocks and by O'Connor herself. Though Napolitano doesn't try to write like O'Connor -- her gentle, quietly elegant prose is worlds away from the powerful, often devastatingly harsh Southern Gothic world in which O'Connor dwelled -- her book nonetheless emerges as a graceful tribute, not only to a writer, but to a time and place."--Seattle Times
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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.
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