Short Stories You Must Read: 4. ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’ by Flannery O’Connor (1953)

A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Book Cover

What to expect: A dark and unsettling story about a family’s confrontation with death and violence in the South while travelling from Georgia to Florida. Themes of redemption, grace, comedy and tragedy culminate in a story that is once read and never forgotten.

Best known for: Its unnerving and controversial ending, which throws the morals of the main character into dispute (but we wont spoil it).

Interesting Fact: The story was adapted into a folk song by Sujfan Stevens telling the story from the antagonist’s perspective.

Best Quote: “She would have been a good woman,” said The Misfit, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”

Final Words: This is a classic, and Flannery O’Connor’s best known – read it if you want to see how a short story can really pack a punch in so few words.


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