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Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor


In this engaging and authoritative biography, Gooch brings to life Flannery O'Connor's significant friendships and her deeply felt convictions, as ... Show synopsis

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Not Just for English Majors

by Elliott on Jul 9, 2009

Very well-written and thoroughly researched, informative and very entertaining. This biography inspired me to finally read my copy of The Complete Stories, which I have had from the 70's but never got around to reading in full. I'm now looking forward to reading her letters -- The Habit of Being.


Enlightening Biography of Flannery O'Connor

by Grace2133 on Apr 20, 2009

Before I begin, I must tell you, I have never read anything by Flannery O' Connor. I may have glanced at a story of hers in high school but that was so long ago. This might have hampered my enjoyment of Gooch's novel if it had been less interesting and badly written but, thankfully, Flannery was an interesting read in itself. I was a bit worried when I started reading because of my lack of knowledge about Flannery O'Connor. I was surprised when I immediately became engrossed in Flannery's life. I became attached to her and I wanted to know more about her. She was quite the quirky character. I often found myself laughing out loud at something she said or did. She was quite the character and I really enjoyed getting to know her. Flannery was an extremely well-written book. It was one of the few biographies that I have read that managed to be informative but not overbearing. I thought it was a really balanced portrayal of Flannery O'Connor. The pictures also enhanced the material in the book. They provided an excellent visual reference point. Sometime I find that pictures are chosen for aesthetics rather than to serve a purpose but that definitely was not the case with this biography. When I wanted to get a mental image of a place that O'Connor frequented, I looked in the picture insert. I did at points become confused as to who was who because of the constant parade of people through O'Connor's life but after a while the names became familiar and easy to remember when they were referenced again. For someone who has never read a word of Flannery O'Connor (that she can remember), I really became attached to her. I want to read her works now. And I think I will. Someday.

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