A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
In many ways, O'Connor and Fitzgerald are opposites. O'Connor liked to dig deep into the regional accents of her characters to add a gritty flavor, while Fitzgerald's work is always coated in a slick, lyrical sheen to offset the underlying discontent with which he was so obsessed. But though Fitzgerald focused on the noveau riche and O'Connor focused on the eternally poor, they both shared a fascination with the perils of chasing the past. Nowhere is that more evident than in O'Connor's deeply disturbing short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." The story will take you an hour to read, and a lifetime to absorb. O'Connor was simply not messing around, folks.