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Flannery by Brad Gooch
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May 19, 2010

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Read from May 15 to 18, 2010 , read count: 1

The opening was a little rickety as Gooch struggled a little to create a narrative out of nothing really but scraps. By the time O'Connor hits the Iowa MFA program and her subsequent years at Yaddo and in New York and at home, the book moves a long really well, giving some interesting insights into O'Connor and her writing.

I was enthralled to see how much of her process involved processing daily events and news items into fiction. I felt a kinship there. I was also very interested to see just how dedicated she was to her faith—a little bit conservative about sex, a little awkward in the ways of love. It made me want to re-read much of her work.

I only wish I'd have had this when I taught my O'Connor major authors course a few years back. Would have been a boon.

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