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A Good Hard Look - A Novel

Ann Napolitano

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In Flannery O'Connor's hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia, reckless relationships lead to a tragedy that forever alters the town and the author herself. Crippled by lupus at twenty-five, celebrated author Flannery O'Connor was forced to leave New York City and return home to Andalusia, her family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. Years later, as Flannery is finishing a novel and tending to her menagerie of peacocks, her mother drags her to the wedding of a family friend. Cookie Himmel embodies every facet of Southern womanhood that Flannery lacks: she is revered for her beauty and grace; she is at the helm of every ladies' organization in town; and she has returned from her time in Manhattan with a rich fiancé, Melvin Whiteson. Melvin has come to Milledgeville to begin a new chapter in his life, but it is not until he meets Flannery that he starts to take a good hard look at the choices he has made. Despite the limitations of her disease, Flannery seems to be more alive than other people, and Melvin is drawn to her like a moth to a candle flame. Melvin is not the only person in Milledgeville who starts to feel that life is passing him by. Lona Waters, the dutiful wife of a local policeman, is hired by Cookie to help create a perfect home. As Lona spends her days sewing curtains, she is given an opportunity to remember what it feels like to be truly alive, and she seizes it with both hands. Heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human, these ordinary and extraordinary people chart their own courses through life. In the aftermath of one tragic afternoon, they are all forced to look at themselves and face up to Flannery's observation that "the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Debra Monk

Length:

11h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

15:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:00