“While O’Connor’s status as the preeminent author of Southern Catholic literature won’t be changing anytime soon, Flanagan has given us many reasons to believe that Gordon helped get her there. Indeed, Flanagan makes a sensible case that Gordon’s own fiction–long considered second fiddle to the works of O’Connor, Walker Percy, and other Southern Catholic mavens–deserves a fresh valuation.”
–Stephen Mirarchi, National Review

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Selected by Deep South magazine as a 2018 “Best Books for Giving” title.

“A new collection of letters, edited by Christine Flanagan, is a treasure trove for scholars of both Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) and Caroline Gordon (1895-1981). At first glance, O’Connor and Gordon would not seem to have that much in common, except that they were both writers. For much of her life, O’Connor battled lupus, which would eventually be the cause of her death at the young age of thirty-nine. She was unmarried and lived with her mother, Regina, on their Georgia farm, Andalusia. Gordon, thirty years O’Connor’s senior, died at the old age of eighty-one, and throughout her life, she too suffered, but in different ways. Even during her life, Gordon was more known as a wife of poet Allen Tate than as a novelist in her own right. Her ailments were mental and spiritual in nature as she battled alcoholism, a mentally unstable daughter, Tate’s frequent infidelities, his own addiction to alcohol, and incredible debt, which Gordon was always mitigating.” Emma Melinoc, University Bookman