Flannery O’Connor
A Girl Who Knew Her Own Mind
Mary Carpenter
Flannery O’Connor knew what she thought about most everything before she was six years old -- from her teachers to her God to romantic stories of the Old South. Growing up in a family of strong women, Flannery didn’t want to learn dancing, didn’t like socializing, and didn’t want to be Southern Belle. Instead, she drew humorous cartoons and later wrote fiction that became known for her characters’ distinctive voices.

The 1972 National Book Award judges bucked contest rules to choose Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories – and in 2009 they were proved right: 10,000 people voted online for
About the book
Mary Carpenter
University of Georgia Press
Release Date
Sep 1, 2022
Middle Grade
Mary Carpenter
My editors at the University of Georgia Press began talking with me about creating more context for Flannery O’Connor’s life and writing -- specifically to address more directly, explicitly and critically the issue of anti-black racism -- in the months before the summer of 2020, when police brutality highlighted its devastating persistence for millions of Americans.
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