Winner of the National Book Award, this extraordinary volume has firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. The thirty-one stories include twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor produced in her short lifetime. Included are such favorites as Revelation, A Good Man is Hard to find, The River, The Displaced Person, Judgement Day, The Enduring Chill, Good Country People and 24 more.
All her short stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and creative fiction of the 20th century. This work includes a special introduction by O'Connor's longtime editor, Robert Giroux.
"What we lost when O’Connor died is bitter. What we have is astonishing: the stories burn brighter than ever, and strike deeper."
― Walter Clemons, Newsweek
"No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation."
―Brad Leithauser, The New Yorker