About the Author
FLANNERY O’CONNOR (1925–1964) was born in Savannah, Georgia. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa, but lived most of her life in the South, where she became an anomaly among post–World War II authors: a Roman Catholic woman whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God’s grace in everyday life. Her work—novels, short stories, letters, and criticism—received a number of awards, including the National Book Award.
Lauren Groff is the New York Time
s bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton
, and Fates and Furies
, and two short story collections, Florida
and Delicate Edible Birds
. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a two-time finalist for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorke
r, along with several Best American Short Stories
anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.