Micro-Review #93: A Good Man is Hard to Find

by Flannery O’Connor

Sticking with the southern theme, here’s a collection of tales by Savannah’s best-ever writer. First published in 1955, this collection of gothic tales focuses on the destructive power of social conventions and unquestioned morality. Greed, racism and exploitation are pervasive, and the characters often pay for their moral transgressions by suffering spectacularly violent consequences (no soul-saving death-bed confessions here). O’Connor is famous for her Catholicism, but it’s her off-center turn of mind that makes this collection sing. Any author who can write convincingly about a Bible salesman who steals a girl’s artificial leg has something real to say. Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2022

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