"I've never reread any book more times than this one. O'Connor writes exclusively about the American South in the mid-20th Century, and it only takes the first few sentences of any given story for me to feel like I'm there. O'Connor was a Catholic and she wrote as one, but the result doesn't alienate--she draws you into her worldview effortlessly. All the characters in these stories are subject to harsh judgment but O'Connor is neither gleeful nor overly morose in this respect. Make no mistake, she's definitely preaching--you can read the whole of her work as one continuous sermon--but, somehow, she avoids being preachy.
READ THIS!! Flannery O'Connor is trying to tell you something.
(Favorite stories: "Everything That Rises Must Converge"; "The Lame Shall Enter First")
(Also, one of the best titles for anything ever.)"
Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.