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The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
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Jan 28, 2008

really liked it

Every one of these stories leaves its main character in a complete sense of doom, but there's more to it than that. There's a spiritual revelation or rebirth in the midst the character's painful stupor. What I love about these endings is that as painful as that character's state of mind is at the end, they're also seeing things more clearly and truthfully than they ever have in their life--and it's undeniably beautiful, no matter how painful the situation happens to be. And boy does she know how to make a situation as painful and grotesque as it can be.

Her most well-known short story probably is A Good Man is Hard to Find, which is excellent. But my favorites are The Enduring Chill and Everything That Rises Must Converge.
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