Flannery by Brad Gooch

Flannery is a biography of the writer Flannery O’Connor but it reads like a story. There’s the requisite amount of dates, places, and people met, but the author keeps the story flowing and interesting, even for the reader unacquainted with O’Connor’s writings. Who cannot love a precocious kid who names a pet chicken Aloysius, creates handmade clothes for a pet duck, and writes satirical vignettes of her “relitives” while professing that spelling is a supreme annoyance?

O’Connor had a tragic life: diagnosed with lupus at age 25 she died before she reached the age of 40. But she was able to write, publish, and speak extensively thanks to a formidable work discipline, as well as the knowledge that her time was counted. A very inspiring biography.

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