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Literary history and fiction gracefully intersect in Ann Napolitano's second novel. (Her first was the well-received 2005 Within Arm's Length.) A Good Hard Look pays tribute to author Flannery O'Connor in both its setting (her hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia) and its title (a sly remake of O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find). The legendary author also makes appearances in the novel itself, dropping down from history, as it were, to provide commentary on life's stipulations and our choices. At the heart of the fiction is Cookie Himmel, an attractive, socially adept, engaged Southerner who seems the very opposite of the awkward, lupus-crippled author. What transpires from their chance connection is a fateful meditation on the people we become. Perfect for book clubs.