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After O'Connor: Stories from Contemporary Georgia Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Flannery O'Connor is gone, but the legend of her work is burned on the hearts of writers everywhere. The pages in After O'Connor are powerful and do honor to the fierce vision that inspired them.(Harry Crews)
[It] looks like the future of that great enterprise called 'Southern Literature' is assured―at least if the state of Georgia has anything to do with it.(Diane Roberts Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
[A] groundbreaking new short story collection from The University of Georgia Press that both advances and helps redefine the great southern storytelling tradition.(Georgia Public Radio)
If the short story is an American invention, I think that the final patent was registered in the South, and maybe in Georgia, where the University of Georgia Press has collected works by thirty authors who have ties to the Peach State. This is not just a ‘Georgia’ book, but a collection of diverse voices that makes an American book, a collection that students and teachers, writers and aspiring writers will want to read.(Martin Lammon Fuller E. Callaway / Flannery O'Connor Chair and director of the Creative Writing Program, Georgia College & State University)
Although the authors in this anthology address most directly the manners―whether of Atlanta, Oulaba, or Gansu Province―the mystery still shimmers in the visible distance, and anyone tempted by fashionable notions that the author is dead, that chronological narrative is obsolete, or that meaning is arbitrary should sample the stories in this volume to be reminded that the real legacy of O'Connor is sheer excellence, and that it thrives.(American Book Review)
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A luminous gathering of short fiction that showcases Georgia's thriving literary scene. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The authors range from those I recognized, such as Alice Walker and Ha Jin, to some whom I've never had the pleasure to read--until now.
As the subtitle indicates, the writers all have one thing in common. They have all lived in Georgia. Some, like Ha Jin, a Chinese expatriate, have styles and stories that are not tied to Southern culture. Other, like Janice Daughtarty, grew up in Georgia and their stories have an amazing southern tone.
Like any good anthology, many of the stories contained here resonate. There are many characters and places contained in these stores that I continue to think about many days after I've finished reading them.
If you're looking for a sampling of excellent short fiction, buy this book.