A Good Hard Look

by Ann Napolitano

A Good Hard Look

Hardcover, 326 pages, Penguin Group, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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Years after poor health forces her to return to her family home, celebrated author Flannery O'Connor reluctantly attends the wedding of her ultra-feminine Southern belle cousin and inadvertently draws the attention of the groom, a wealthy Manhattan resident who fears life is passing him by.

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Southern literary icon Flannery O'Connor has been forced to leave New York City and return to her birthplace in Milledgeville, Ga., because of chronic health problems. Using O'Connor as a central character in this novel is a stroke of genius. It's somewhat like holding a mirror in front of all that is good about Southern fiction. The characters are clear and magnified, and the story encompasses the lives of the people in this small town. Some admire Flannery, and others fear her talent and

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A fictional tale set in the tiny Georgia hometown of famed author Flannery O'Connor, A Good Hard Look is filled with a cast of characters rich in southern charm and tradition. It's a summer read that satisfies with history and human drama but still leaves you feeling like you learned something about our literary past. Great for book

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