Context for this Book Jacket Letter: I’m trying to find a Flannery O’Connor short story to teach to my Grade 12 students during our Modernist unit at the end of the year, so I picked up a copy of A Good Man is Hard to Find at the library.
If you had to choose one story from this collection to inspire 25 Grade 12 students to read and fall in love with Flannery O’Connor’s gothic sensibilities and razor-sharp prose, which would it be?
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” is often considered the quintessential O’Connor story, but I’m equally drawn in by “Good Country People” (halfway through reading I remembered the plot and just thinking about it sent shivers down my spine). But the one that most disturbs me is “A Circle in the Fire” because of its very modern sensibilities of the tendency to let ‘boys be beasts’.
But maybe you have another choice entirely – if so, I would love to know!
- A Good Man Is Hard To Find Read by Flannery O’Connor (rsmithing.com)