A Good Hard Look

A Good Hard Look

by Ann Napolitano
A Good Hard Look

A Good Hard Look

by Ann Napolitano



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From the New York Times bestselling author of Hello Beautiful and Dear Edward, a novel set in Flannery O'Connor's hometown of Milledgeville, and a tragedy that forever alters the town and the author herself

"A wholly believable world shaped by duty, small pleasures, and fateful choices."—O, The Oprah Magazine

Forced by illness to leave behind a successful life in New York, literary icon Flannery O'Connor has returned to her family farm in the small town of Milledgeville, Georgia. With her health and time both limited, all she wants is to be left alone to write.

But Flannery's plans are soon upended by Melvin Whiteson, a banker from Manhattan who has recently married the town belle. Melvin is at loose ends with his new life; though he has every opportunity, he's not sure where to begin. Flannery knows exactly what she wants, but is running out of time. Through their unusual and clandestine friendship, both will come to reflect on the decisions they have made and the paths they have chosen.

Literary history and fiction gracefully intersect in this emotionally charged novel of small town Southern life, which asks us all to consider how we can live our lives to the fullest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101516928
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 19,964
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ann Napolitano is the bestselling author of Hello Beautiful which was selected as Oprah’s 100th Book Club pick; Dear Edward, an instant New York Times bestseller, a Read with Jenna selection, and an Apple TV+ series; A Good Hard Look; and Within Arm’s Reach. For seven years, Napolitano was the associate editor of the literary magazine One Story, and she received an MFA from New York University. She has taught fiction writing at Brooklyn College’s MFA program, New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Gotham Writers Workshop.

What People are Saying About This

Joshilyn Jackson

"This is a purely gorgeous book, completely unafraid, that takes its own good, hard look at what it means to forgive, to be redeemed, and to stumble back home. Ann Napolitano's Flannery O'Connor is human, flawed, brilliant, devout, and entirely human. What a bold, wise writer; I am in love with her Milledgeville, her Flannery, and her hope-soaked world-view." --(Joshilyn Jackson, NYT bestselling author of BACKSEAT SAINTS and GODS IN ALABAMA)

Hannah Tinti

"Ann Napolitano is an expert at carving out the interior lives of her characters, at revealing both the mystery and the manners of heartbreak. A Good Hard Look is not just a novel about an extraordinary American literary figure. It is an examination of how we can live our lives to the fullest." --(Hannah Tinti, author of THE GOOD THIEF)

Dani Shapiro

"I was transfixed and transported by this beautiful, wholly original novel. Ann Napolitano has brought one of America's beloved literary figures to life, weaving her into a story filled with unforgettable characters who are at once deeply flawed and deeply sympathetic. This is a book one wants to savor slowly for its language, but is also a page-turner in the best sense of the word." --(Dani Shapiro, author of DEVOTION)

Michael Knight

"Ann Napolitano has an eye for the nuances and quirks of character and the decisions her people make are both surprising and true. The most remarkable feat of characterization in her new novel just might be the portrayal of Flannery O'Connor. A Good Hard Look is potent end to end. It's downright electric whenever Miss Flannery is on the page. A more than fitting fictional tribute to the south's First Lady of Fiction." --(Michael Knight, author of THE TYPIST)

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