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Flannery O Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers race, faith, and morality The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else


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  1. Paquita Maria Sanchez Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    Sometimes Flannery O Connor feels like a verbally abusive boyfriend that you just keep going back to You sigh a bit deeper at the end of each tale, feeling a littledefeated by the uglier sides of existence, the weaknesses of human beings, and the general cruelty masked within the humdrum buzzing of life Her view is grim, you never hope for a Hollywood ending, you sense it building page by page, the inevitable dagger to the gut that will be dealt by the final paragraph, and then that last Sometimes Flannery O Connor feels like a verbally abusive boyfriend that you just keep going back to You sigh a bit deeper at the end of each tale, feeling a littledefeated by the uglier sides of existence, the weaknesses of human beings, and the general cruelty masked within the humdrum buzzing of life Her view is grim, you never hope for a Hollywood ending, you sense it building page by page, the inevitable dagger to the gut that will be dealt by the final paragraph, and then that last hit comes at you almost like clockwork All this, and yet you keep on with her Why Reading O Connors work is like spending too long in an overheated sweatlodge all the ugliness comes out, perhaps too fast, your past comes to the surface like a strobe of imagery, the emotional and physical equivalent of a flashback or vivid hallucination, and it can make you feel pretty intensely panicked Over the years, my take on this has become very similar to a phrase a friend used to repeatedly recite to me when I was feeling swallowed up by the knocks of daily life, and by the occasional yet much harder blows that seem to always come in clusters the deepest healing comes from the places that scare you There s a rare and surprisingly invigorating clarity that comes along with that drowning feeling, one that isworthwhile than protection from what frightens youand Flannery s world is a frightening place Do with that what you will, and make your choice whether or not you are willing to get emotionally smacked around a bit with words Then again, I personally do suggest it


  2. Greg Greg says:

    and she observed that theeducation they got, the less they could do.A descriptive title of Flannery O Connor s short story collection could be, This Aint Gonna End Well This collection is like a crescendo of awfulness, brutality and despair Physically it s sort of akin to getting kicked in the stomach, and then when your down getting stomped on the back, then for the next story getting kicked in the face, and then getting a nice solid shot to the liver when you try to stand up again, and and she observed that theeducation they got, the less they could do.A descriptive title of Flannery O Connor s short story collection could be, This Aint Gonna End Well This collection is like a crescendo of awfulness, brutality and despair Physically it s sort of akin to getting kicked in the stomach, and then when your down getting stomped on the back, then for the next story getting kicked in the face, and then getting a nice solid shot to the liver when you try to stand up again, and repeated getting pummeled in fivespots, including once in the balls which is sort of humorous, because there is some humor in here, too Contained in quite a few of these stories are doomed or ineffectual characters who have too much education Intellectuals The not so prodigal sons who ran away from the backward South to universities or New York City and now back Generally feeling superior, or entitled but not exactly getting on with their lives in any sort of manner If only these young men had had the internet where they could have found some like minded people to engage in endless discussions with Instead they generally wallow around their mothers homes there is a conspicuous absence of fathers in many of these stories, and in the one where the mother is absent, well that doesn t go so well either Their own ineptitude, their slow path to failure isn t seen that way from their mothers though who look on their sons with a certain pride at having gotten an education, and think that the years since when they haven t started to make any forward movement on becoming the writers or whatever it is they claim to be, is only something to be lamented with by saying a pithy statement, Well Rome wasn t built in a day Rome was never built without actually laying some stones down The people surrounding these young men they are all young men are ignorant Southerns Even if they aren t white trash, they still exhibit the slowness and ingrained prejudices one associates with mid Century life below the Mason and Dixon line Some curse the fact that there is no one around them that can talk about Beckett or Joyce with them while they wallow away in bed awaiting a Kafka esque death Or course the difference between Kafka s Kafka esque consumptive death and their own is that Kafka was busy creating and destroying a life time of work while also busy dying some of these characters are only waiting for life to acknowledge their genius that they are sure is do to them because they learned some books in a university somewhere.Life though has a nasty little trick of not being put on hold while you wallow around thinking the world owes you something And in Flannery O Connor s universe what life is going to give you is, well a solid kick to the stomach, if you re lucky It ll probably be worse though Of course I m generalizing about this collection, and just taking a few characters from some of the stories to ramble on about There are plenty of stories without this element But, even if it s not in all of the stories, it s the outside world, the universities or say New York City which are work as the element in the story that lets in the brutality Many of the Southerns might be ignorant and backwards, but it s when the Yankee fied element gets introduced it s similar to the good efforts of an environmental group to introduce an endangered predator into a new environment and then watching in horror as the predator wrecks havoc on the existing ecosystem view spoiler I m not really sure what I think of the scene where the old man is found crucified in the stairwell, hanging by his arms from the posts of a banister, is it an over reaction to his good ol boy racism, is it racist in portraying the reaction of the black guy as being so over the top in brutality Is it saying something about the difference in culture between the North and South hide spoiler Or maybe I m just talking a lot of shit, and it s not any Yankee Intellectual element at all, but somethinglike a whole bunch of stories just illustrating how the road to hell is paved with good intentions Whatever I say doesn t matter about this book, all that matters if you want to read a handful of brutal Southern stories and want to lose a bitof hope in people this would be a collection worth checking out For the record, I have discovered that getting kicked even with just medium power in the ribs is sort of like getting kicked in the solar plexus I wasthan a little surprised by this, it might not have helped that I was already getting gassed when I got kicked


  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Three strange things about Flannery O Connor 1 Flannery Kind of a pretty odd name Some writers get them, don t they Edwidge, Somerset, Rudyard, Rider, Tennessee Never heard of nobody else called no Flannery.2 What links these celebs with our author Selina Gomez, Lady Gaga and Ferdinand Marcos Answer lupus An auto immune disease 3 Grace Apparently either a lot or all of Flannery s stories are about grace This is a Christian concept defined as the love and mercy given to us by G Three strange things about Flannery O Connor 1 Flannery Kind of a pretty odd name Some writers get them, don t they Edwidge, Somerset, Rudyard, Rider, Tennessee Never heard of nobody else called no Flannery.2 What links these celebs with our author Selina Gomez, Lady Gaga and Ferdinand Marcos Answer lupus An auto immune disease 3 Grace Apparently either a lot or all of Flannery s stories are about grace This is a Christian concept defined as the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it The good cop side of God, in other words Day of Judgement will be the Bad Cop, I assume But as a non Christian, I could not understand this aspect of these stories at all Seemed to me we were introduced to various unpleasantly smug individuals who then got met with unexpected and serious acts of violence The love and mercy was in real short supply, far as I could see But that was okay, I didn t need it


  4. Ellen Ellen says:

    image error Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hogThere is no doubt I am a Flannery O Connor junkie I can t think of anything she s written I haven t loved Even her letters and essays ring true She is, to some degree, a product of her environment, and her use of certain words can grate on our 21st century ears, but a toned down O Connor would not be O Connor Everything That Rises Must Converge may be her best collection of short stories, including, among others, the title s image error Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hogThere is no doubt I am a Flannery O Connor junkie I can t think of anything she s written I haven t loved Even her letters and essays ring true She is, to some degree, a product of her environment, and her use of certain words can grate on our 21st century ears, but a toned down O Connor would not be O Connor Everything That Rises Must Converge may be her best collection of short stories, including, among others, the title story, Parker s Back, The Lame Shall Enter First, and, my personal favorite, Revelation Typically, O Connor takes her spiritually flawed protagonists and blasts them to hell and back By the time O Connor is through with them, they re emptied out, meek, and ready to receive grace Some of Samuel Beckett s characters seem post apocalyptic, as if they had just returned from the Flannery O Connor Finishing School The characters most likely to be squashed flat are the smug, self righteous, short sighted, hypocritical, complacent, and intellectually or spiritually proud To effect redemption, O Connor often has her fairly grotesque characters confront circumstances and people that are also grotesque Given O Connor s rather mild aspect, she was asked frequently why she used such shockingly violent means and had such a penchant for the grotesque It s doubtful O Connor ever gave a verbal response she did not suffer fools lightly, and apparently saw critics comfortably occupying that category In an essay, though, she does provide an answer To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures O Connor works to get the religiously distorted back into spiritual alignment or at least into a state of self awareness, and she s willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish her aims Despite her serious intent, all of her fiction even the darkest has moments of humor, and few authors have achieved O Connor s level of hilarity Revelation provides a nice illustration of O Connor at work here her target is the memorable Ruby Turpin I don t view this summary as a spoiler while her plots are wildly imaginative, it s O Connor s writing, with its perfect pitch and dead on descriptions, that must be experienced.Ruby Turpin believes she is a good person She thinks she believes in God What s going on in Ruby s thoughts and conversation are less than godly, and we re given a full view of her philosophy as Ruby sits in a doctor s waiting room, observing the array of people After scanning the room, Ruby chooses to talk to a woman she knows must be lady, given her tasteful clothing and good shoes For the most part, though, Ruby is preoccupied with ranking the others in the waiting room.And Ruby finds most of these people sorely wanting, the dregs of her envisioned hierarchy On the bottom of the heap were most colored people, not the kind she would have been if she had been one, but most of them then next to them not above, just away from were the white trash then above them were the home owners, and above them were the home and land owners, to which she and Claud belonged.Ruby also occupies herself with another favorite pastime contemplating what she would choose if Jesus said she would have to be either white trash or a nigger Ruby prides herself on her correct, self sacrificing, moral choice, and tells Jesus to make her a nigger then but that don t mean a trashy one Throughout Ruby s conversation with the respectable lady, largely dealing with the virtues of a good disposition and strategies for getting the most work out of colored people, Ruby notices that the lady s daughter is showering her with ugly looks TheRuby talks, theintensely the daughter stares H er eyes were fixed on her like two drills As Ruby ecstatically thanks Jesus for making her the type of person she is, the young college girl takes her book, aptly entitled Human Development, and beans Ruby just above the eye Just before the girl is taken away, presumably to an asylum, Ruby, in shock, asks her, What you got to say to me In a voice that brooked no repudiation, the girl whispers, Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hog Ruby leaves, stunned and outraged Later that day, she goes out to their state of the art pig parlor to confront the hogs they own, who are a gruntin and a rootin and a groanin, and demands loudly, How am I a hog Exactly how I am like them Still gazing at them as though she were absorbing some abysmal life giving knowledge, Ruby begins to have a vision of a vast horde of souls rumbling toward heaven Surprisingly, Ruby sees the white trash, niggers, freaks, and lunatics ahead of her and Claud, who were at the end of the line along with people just like them, those who always believed in good order and common sense and respectable behavior Further, Ruby could see by their shocked and altered faces that even their virtues were being burned away We are not told Ruby s outcome We don t know if O Connor s reality check takes hold, but it is clear if only for a moment that Ruby sees her goodness as a shell that would crumble in the face of eternity


  5. Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins says:

    I have tried and tried to read Flannery O Connor because people I trusted said I should but the darkness always got to me They said her books were about redemption but I couldn t see it Then I read her letters A Habit of Being and fell in love with Flannery I began to trust her I decided to try her stories again They were still painfully dark but I got the redemption Flannery understood people and she was unwilling to let any of us off the hook At first it seems she is only exposing u I have tried and tried to read Flannery O Connor because people I trusted said I should but the darkness always got to me They said her books were about redemption but I couldn t see it Then I read her letters A Habit of Being and fell in love with Flannery I began to trust her I decided to try her stories again They were still painfully dark but I got the redemption Flannery understood people and she was unwilling to let any of us off the hook At first it seems she is only exposing unlikeable people but suddenly you begin to see that she is exposing everyone None is righteous in her world, no not one She does not tell pretty stories She tells true stories, the stories of the heart, the stories underneath the stories Turns out every single one of her characters needs to be redeemed and so do I.I am happy she did not have a chance turn her razor sharp mimesis on me Although it is quite possible I would not recognize those dark places of my own heart


  6. Alex Alex says:

    This lovely collection of sentimental stories is just the thing for a rainy Sunday when you want to curl up on the couch and read your blues away Just try to read the title story, in which a beloved mother learns she has something surprising in common with a woman of color, without feeling your spirits rise Or A View of the Woods, a beautiful pastoral where an old man takes his favorite granddaughter out for ice cream and they both learn about the importance of family This must have been wh This lovely collection of sentimental stories is just the thing for a rainy Sunday when you want to curl up on the couch and read your blues away Just try to read the title story, in which a beloved mother learns she has something surprising in common with a woman of color, without feeling your spirits rise Or A View of the Woods, a beautiful pastoral where an old man takes his favorite granddaughter out for ice cream and they both learn about the importance of family This must have been what D.H Lawrence was thinking about when he described the American soul And talk about chicken soup for it your mother never made chicken soup like this Soundtrack you must always listen to Lucinda Williams while reading Flannery O Connor Rules are rules.


  7. Howard Howard says:

    Reread I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I m afraid it will not be controversial Flannery O ConnorFlannery O Connor once addressed readers who did not share her views by writing, You have to make your vision apparent by shock to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures The nine stories included in the Everything That Rises Must Converge collection are densely populated with large and startling figures and the narrat Reread I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I m afraid it will not be controversial Flannery O ConnorFlannery O Connor once addressed readers who did not share her views by writing, You have to make your vision apparent by shock to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures The nine stories included in the Everything That Rises Must Converge collection are densely populated with large and startling figures and the narrations are one long and very loud shout A number of the stories deal with generational conflict in which the older generation represents the beliefs and culture of the conservative Old South with the younger generation standing in for theprogressive ideas of the New South I may be reaching too far here, but as I read these stories I couldn t help remembering the TV series, All in the Family, specifically the contentious relationship that existed between the conservative patriarch, Archie, and his extremely liberal son in law, Michael, whom Archie called Meathead.Michael s liberal views, which tended to be of the knee jerk variety, never allowed him to cut Archie any slack when questions of race or politics or religion arose But Archie, despite his shortcomings, wasn t all bad, and although he was nearly always ill informed when it came to their arguments, he wasn t entirely wrong in every situation.And, further, he was financially supporting Michael, even giving him a home, so that he could complete his education Of course Archie never hesitated to remind his son in law of the sacrifices that he was making for him and Michael in turn resented Archie for bringing it up during the course of their many disputes.In short, it was the type of generational divide that characterizes several of the stories in this collection, including the title story A widowed mother made many sacrifices so that her son could acquire a college degree However, the job that he has selling typewriters does not allow him to move out on his own This causes him to be resentful of the situation and he bristles when his mother reminds him of the sacrifices she has made He also finds it impossible to respond to her with gratitude or any degree of patience.Being a product of the New South, he considers himself to be a liberal on the issue of race and is unable to tolerate his mother s Old South views on the same issue However, despite his liberal ideas, the son experiences difficulty in acting on his convictions and fully accepting and treating blacks as equals.Nevertheless, he sets out to teach his mother a lesson in an attempt to prove to her that her views are misguided this being O Connor, the lesson goes badly awry with tragic consequences.And yet, just as in All in the Family, there is humor in this story But then there is the quote that has been attributed to both Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw If you re going to tell people the truth, you had better make them laugh or they will kill you In the majority of these stories the reader is left with the impression that the characters received exactly what they had coming to them, but usually only after a painful epiphany that is often accompanied by violence and destruction All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal Flannery O Connor The fiction writer has to engage in a continual examination of conscience He has to be aware of the freak in himself Flannery O Connor You can read the title story here you can listen to the actress Estelle Parsons read it here you can listen to Revelation, another story that deals with some of the same issues as the title story, here


  8. Mala Mala says:

    4.5 stars.When the mother in the title story asserts to her son Julian I know who I am, she is mainly referring to her social that self realization itself would open the doors of perception, kindness, empathy leading to a state of grace.Grace that is the linchpin of Flannery O Connors writing it comes in unexpected way 4.5 stars.When the mother in the title story asserts to her son Julian I know who I am, she is mainly referring to her social cultural identity, identities that divide us from human beings who happen to be on the other side of race, class, religion, gender, because if you really knew who you are that self realization itself would open the doors of perception, kindness, empathy leading to a state of grace.Grace that is the linchpin of Flannery O Connors writing it comes in unexpected ways to the most unlikely of her characters.Religion dominates her work in both its presence absence It bolsters her fiction with the endless possibilities of drama inherent in her Roman Catholic faith She surprisingly escapes the pitfalls that catholic writers like Graham Greene Evelyn Waugh experienced in that her writing never seems preachy or appear merely as a ruse to dramatise religious conflicts the credit for that goes to her very complex characterisations while it s true there are family resemblances among her characters which means that she is regurgitating types , Mrs May in Greenleaf seems to be a version of the lone farm owning lady from A Circle in the Fire, the mother in the titular story seems to recall the grandmother from A Good Man is Hard to Find, their motivations are complex she subverts the types the prim proper grandmother becomes the unlikely agent for a gruesome family tragedy, the well meaning mothers in both Good Country People, here in Comforts of Home welcome fake people into their families in the process destroy their children Isn t the pride of Sheppard in The Lame Shall Enter First, as bad as the evil in the delinquent Rufus Johnson, a pride that makes him blind to his own little boy s trauma while gloating in his own charitable disposition Nothing excited him so much as thinking what he could do for such a boy First he would have him fitted for a new orthopedic shoe And his benefactor was impervious to insult and that there were no cracks in his armor of kindness and patience where a successful shaft could be driven She also makes her villainous characters formidable ones so her virtuous characters get thoroughly tested by their adversaries.It wasn t for nothing that the great T S Eliot admired O Connor s short stories She astutely shows that prejudices exist on both sides of the ideological divide a thesis that masterfully plays out in Everything That Rises Must Converge the negress mother on the bus is as prejudiced against the White Folks as they are against her, that the liberal minded son is as mistaken in his high estimation of the black folks as is his mother in her old world condescension towards them, that if her martyr complex blinkered view of reality are wrong, so is his cynicism calculated cruelty towards her For what is knowledge if it doesn t lead to conscientious behaviour What good is faith if it is not guided by kindness The irony implicit in the title is not lost on the readers here hopes goodwill rise but they don t converge The generational, racial, class divides are too broad to be filled but sometimes they get lucky their life is touched by Grace through a kind gesture, a gentle smile, a sweet glance After her humiliation in the doctor s waiting room a microcosm of southern society , Mrs Turpin gets to have a heavenly vision of human unity in my favourite story of this collection called, Revelation.O Connor s work is not reducible to simple moral parables because it is loaded with delicious irony While her characters mouth their platitudes, you chuckle knowing that in the background she is cranking up the irony factor The humour in her stories is largely irony driven, but there is wit too wry observations, otherwise, in the absence of humour, her dark world would be hard to bear.There are flaws, yes The so called twist endings in her stories become so predictable that they seem anything but that you know for a fact that at the end of the story her characters will meet violent death get disillusioned That her so called pious characters will turn out to be hollow hypocritical that the criminals black sheep types would carry a sliver of grace in them My first experience of O Connor was via her story collection A Good Man is Hard to Find, seeing a plethora of five stars ratings by GR friends here, I read that very critically I sometimes found the violence arbitrary like an avenging angel, O Connor seemed to be teaching her characters hard lessons, a story like The River, though highly moving felt emotionally manipulative ditto the case here with an otherwise excellent story The Lame Shall Enter First.Subtlety doesn t seem to be her strongest point that s why an occasional story like The Artificial Nigger, and Revelation, take you completely by surprise with their finely wrought pathos quiet dignity.This collection comes with a biographical Intro that gave me a fresh appreciation of her work despite her limiting circumstances her long battle with Lupus She died at 39 , Flannery O Connor managed to achieve a lot.A writer s geographical boundaries are often confused with their overall literary significance O Connor may be writing of the old, rural American south but it s often with shock that we recognize therein our own prejudices our own nostalgia for a bygone time In the pompous self righteousness of her religious folks that alienates her liberal characters, we see the modern man s frustrating search for a certainty that no longer exists Who would be able to recall these words from her story The Displaced Person not shudder We are all damned, but some of us have taken off our blindfolds and see that there s nothing to see It s a kind of salvation In that sense, her stories become archetypal ones they are relevant for all times and places About the title The title Everything That Rises Must Converge refers to a work by the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin titled the Omega Point Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent For everything that rises must converge From Wikipedia


  9. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ says:

    She was a good Christian woman with a large respect for religion, though she did not, of course, believe any of it was trueA collection of stories about humans, relationships, sons, fathers, mothers, faith and sin I read this book right after A good man is hard to find, and I enjoyed both of them, although I found this one stronger The analysis of the human behaviour went even deeper into the souls of every flawed individual portrayed in these stories, which seemed to focuson the relShe was a good Christian woman with a large respect for religion, though she did not, of course, believe any of it was trueA collection of stories about humans, relationships, sons, fathers, mothers, faith and sin I read this book right after A good man is hard to find, and I enjoyed both of them, although I found this one stronger The analysis of the human behaviour went even deeper into the souls of every flawed individual portrayed in these stories, which seemed to focuson the relationship between parents and their children, and on the differences between generations which often lead to miscommunication, misinterpretation, closure, and conflict Sensitive topics like metal health, religion, racism and politics often break relationships between different generations, and sometimes we feel disconnected from the people we love because, even though we can t stop loving them, we still resent them for their ideas This book raised questions like would you still love your mother all the same if she was racist and prejudiced Would you still love your son all the same if he was an atheist and you a fervent catholic And how would that feel like I think that ultimately, the main topic of this book is the impossibility of a real communication between individuals the notion that everyone is a world on their own and that any attempt to create a bridge between us and other beings, even and maybeso if very close to us a father, a grandparent, a spouse, God , is always approximated and keeps inside the seed of miscommunication, of feeling misunderstood and, ultimately, isolated A son who s suicidal and suffers from crippling depression, and a mother who encourages him to just go outside, get some sun, find a job The son resenting her, the mother still thinking she knows best A father who s convinced his son is spoiled and ungrateful, and doesn t see his pain of losing a mother until it s too late Who s going to judge who s right and who s wrong And who s the real victim Is ignorance an excuse Are we all just victims of our sins I think that, ultimately, we all can have our opinions but they are of relative importance in the face of the depth of pure, existential, pain like each character of this book portrays in its own way So, in the end, we are all wonderful, flawed beings who live, mate, die and love as best as we can and hope for some kind of forgiveness and redemption, in this world or another


  10. Lou Lou says:

    Well I tell you one thing she can write This woman was of exceptional cleverness and writes of characters of her era and ones that live around us now She rights of the human condition and the darkness of the heart These story have humour thrown in she tries to give us a view of how we behave and how insanely stupid and careless we can be How love blinds and evil destroys, how good can only prosper.She writes of parenthood, guilt, obsession, control freaks, the sick, the despondent, vengeance Well I tell you one thing she can write This woman was of exceptional cleverness and writes of characters of her era and ones that live around us now She rights of the human condition and the darkness of the heart These story have humour thrown in she tries to give us a view of how we behave and how insanely stupid and careless we can be How love blinds and evil destroys, how good can only prosper.She writes of parenthood, guilt, obsession, control freaks, the sick, the despondent, vengeance, redemption, love, compassion and love.She has been said to be a catholic writer and mentions God, Jesus and themes of redemption She does not throw it down your throat but adds light on how people behave There are a few stories here that that have characters who behave in a fascist manner and used words, N words, that readers might find offensive The only reason, her being a catholic, in writing with these words and characters can only be to shock and show the reader how one can look like from the outside She was capable of so much , died at a young age of 39 due to Lupus A gifted writer on the horror and joys of our behaviour as people.Think of some of Stephen Kings stories but realistically told.I listened to this on audiobook via audible.com and was really a wonderful listen, it had quite a few voices with southern accents that added to making it enjoyable and easy listening I am also going to read these again in another book where she includes these storirs and others A completed works on ebook The Complete Stories Once I have read that edition I will give a breakdown of each story There is a documentary and the review at my webpage here