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5.0 out of 5 stars America's Best Short Story Writer, April 2, 2005
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I studied Flannery O'Connor in college and wrote a thesis on her works. Her stories were mesmerizing and riveting, and I have re-read them many times since. She was firmly rooted in the Southern grotesque, but she was able to transcend the stark terrain of the South and present remarkable studies of human foibles and the self searching for meaning and redemption.

O'Connor had the uncanny gift to describe people, surroundings and life with astonishingly spare prose. Her genius was that she could reveal the mystery and manners in us all. Of particular note are "Revelation" and "A Good Man is Hard to Find." You must read this collection, and I promise that her stories will speak to you for years to come.
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Initial post: Sep 9, 2014 11:11:54 PM PDT
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MS Smithy says:
What makes you think Flannery O'Connor was the best? Flawlessly well-written stories and all very good. One limitation: frequently the same story. Deduct a point or two. Which ones are your favorites?

Personally, I think Edna O'Brien's The Love Object wipes the floor with nutty buddy if we're talking the best. But O'Connor is the rare writer, who as a stylist, almost never makes a mistake.

Oops, you said American story writer. Okay, if we take the average across all stories written you might be right. But the single best story always wins so I think it's someone else, maybe that Eudora Welty, Hortense Calisher, Salinger (Esme) or John O'Hara (the Doctor's Son). Their best (not their average) top O'Connor, who oddly is always close to her best in part because she mostly writes the same story
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