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Everything That Rises Must Converge - Flannery O'Connor, Robert Fitzgerald Dark, Dark stories filled with petty, vindictive, ugly, intolerant little people. O'Connor is among the best at letting you into someone's head. The small snarky comment you have in your head when your having a bad day. That small sense of superiority you briefly feel when meeting someone less fortunate. Yeah, O'Connor totally sees that, and she calls your ass on it too. These stories are wonderfully written and filled with (generally) wonderfully awful people. The stories almost always end in violence and despair. Due to the time and place of O'Connor's upbringing, they are to a story dealing with the late 50's to mid 60's southern US and are as such overwhelmingly concerned with race relations. These stories are some of the best in American literature and they hold up well to the passage of time. I recommend O'Connor to anyone interested in reading some of the best ever American fiction.