The upcoming edition of Dappled Things (due out at the end of January) features three essays that explore the work of Flannery O’Connor from different perspectives. The author of one of these essays, Fr. Damian Ference, has written a great little introduction to her life and work over at the Word On Fire blog:
At first glance, O’Connor’s writing may not seem very Catholic. Her grotesque stories are mostly set in the Protestant South and are filled with wild, hilarious and often bigoted characters who take the Lord’s name in vain, steal, murder, and rape. Such content doesn’t seem to match the lifestyle of a daily communicant and admirer of Thomas Aquinas. Yet that is precisely what makes O’Connor so good.
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