Flannery O’Connor may have described herself as a “pigeon-toed child with a receding chin and a you-leave-me-alone-or-I’ll-bite-you complex,” but even over fifty years after the publication of her first short story collection, A Good Man is Hard to Find, writers and readers still aren’t leaving her alone. Come and find out why her influence has remained so strong, as One Story Editor-in-Chief Hannah Tinti joins writer Ann Napolitano tomorrow night, Thursday Aug. 4th at 7 pm at McNally Jackson bookstore in Soho, for a discussion on O’Connor’s works and legacy. If anyone is going to speak about O’Connor, Napolitano certainly knows her facts: her widely acclaimed new novel A Good Hard Look features none other than Flannery as a main character. As the Washington Post wrote, “Napolitano’s protagonist is a marvelously outspoken, uncompromising force” in what Entertainment Weekly Magazine called an “evocative tale of friendship and community.” Hannah Tinti also has praised Napolitano as “an expert at carving out the interior lives of her characters, at revealing both the mystery and the manners of heartbreak. A Good Hard Look is not just a novel about an extraordinary American literary figure. It is an examination of how we can live our lives to the fullest.”
Check out more of what critics are saying about A Good Hard Look, as well as Napolitano’s other work here at her website. For all the details about Thursday’s event, here’s a link to McNally Jackson, where you can also find information about all the great readings they host throughout the year.
We hope you can all come out this week to get some little-known insight on this pillar of the American short story. Until then, here’s a clip of O’Connor herself reading the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” It’s the perfect thing to pair with these hot August days.