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After I read this book, I was surprised to learn that Flannery O'Connor actually lived and proved to be an accomplished writer (sorry for my poor education). Reading "A Good Hard Look: A Novel" which touched among other characters a year of Ms. O'Connor's life, I was constantly feeling lost: I could never predict the future of a character (any character), nor find anything in the character's past which would indicated their current behavior. The events seemed to be mysticized without apparent reason and author required the reader guessing about what turned to be expected.
I do not know how well Ms. Napolitano researched the time, place and the characters of her book, but I did not feel any specificity: until the very end I could not tell what decade the events were unfolding and what was specific to the place.
The narrator, Ms. Debra Monk, did a superb job in my opinion, her voice was clear and filled with feelings reflecting what proved to be I would miss from the text itself.