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Mon – Thur: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm | Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on today’s date in 1925. Even though she earned her MFA in the North at the University of Iowa, she spent most of her life in the South, where she became a shining light among post-War southern writers including Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, William Styron, and others. O’Connor wrote in the “Southern Gothic” style, exploring madness, decay, and the continuing influence of pre-Civil War religious and racial issues. “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

Although she wrote two highly regarded novels, O’Connor is most remembered as a writer of short stories. The Complete Stories, published in 1971, years after her 1964 death, won the National Book Award for Fiction and was voted “Best of the National Book Awards” during the celebration of the Fiction Award’s 60th anniversary.

 

The Complete Stories
The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O’Connor’s monumental contribution to American fiction. Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century.
Book

 

Wise Blood
Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a “blind” street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with “wise blood,” who leads him to a mummified holy child, and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazel’s existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.
Book | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

 

The Violent Bear It Away
First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O’Connor’s work. In it, orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle – that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber’s young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop’s soul.
Book | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

Categories: Adults.

Happy Birthday, Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on today’s date in 1925. Even though she earned her MFA in the North at the University of Iowa, she spent most of her life in the South, where she became a shining light among post-War southern writers including Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, William Styron, and others. O’Connor wrote in the “Southern Gothic” style, exploring madness, decay, and the continuing influence of pre-Civil War religious and racial issues. “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

Although she wrote two highly regarded novels, O’Connor is most remembered as a writer of short stories. The Complete Stories, published in 1971, years after her 1964 death, won the National Book Award for Fiction and was voted “Best of the National Book Awards” during the celebration of the Fiction Award’s 60th anniversary.

 

The Complete Stories
The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O’Connor’s monumental contribution to American fiction. Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century.
Book

 

Wise Blood
Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a “blind” street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with “wise blood,” who leads him to a mummified holy child, and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazel’s existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.
Book | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

 

The Violent Bear It Away
First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O’Connor’s work. In it, orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle – that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber’s young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop’s soul.
Book | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

Categories: Adults.