Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories

The title story of this collection is one of the great short stories in all of American literature, though O’Connor has a bunch of them that might qualify. O’Connor is quintessentially a writer of place, in her case, the American South of the early twentieth century. Her situations are always jarring, jolting, the only way, she would contend, to understand the intrusion of Christian faith in a pervasive culture of prejudice, complacency, and self-centeredness. She jars us all into surprising, new understanding.