Flannery O’Connor’s hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia, reckless relationships
lead to a tragedy that forever alters the town—and the author herself.
Crippled by lupus at
twenty-five, celebrated author Flannery O’Connor was forced to leave New York
City and return home to Andalusia, her family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Years later, as Flannery is finishing a novel and tending to her menagerie of
peacocks, her mother drags her to the wedding of a family friend.
Cookie Himmel embodies every facet of Southern womanhood that
Flannery lacks: she is revered for her beauty and grace; she is at the helm of
every ladies’ organization in town; and she has returned from her time in
Manhattan with a rich fiancé, Melvin Whiteson. Melvin has come to Milledgeville
to begin a new chapter in his life, but it is not until he meets Flannery that
he starts to take a good hard look at the choices he has made. Despite the
limitations of her disease, Flannery seems to be more alive than other people,
and Melvin is drawn to her like a moth to a candle flame.
And Melvin isn’t the only person in Milledgeville who starts to
feel that life is passing him by. Lona Waters, the dutiful wife of a local
policeman, is hired by Cookie to help create a perfect home. As Lona spends her
days sewing curtains, she is given an opportunity to remember what it feels
like to be truly alive—and she seizes it with both hands.
Heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human, these ordinary
and extraordinary people chart their own courses through life. In the aftermath
of one tragic afternoon, they are all forced to look at themselves and face up
to Flannery’s observation that “the truth does not change according to our
ability to stomach it.”
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