"The vision of the two hats, identical, broke upon him with the radiance of a brilliant sunrise."
Sometimes it feels that life goes around in circles. Take for example my choice of reading material today. I originally fell in love with O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find when introduced to it in the 90s at university ( I'm not bitter but if I was to ever get a tattoo it would probably be of that adage). In any case, I was reminded how long ago I had read that collecction today whilst in the co-op bookstore in a nostalgic fit of bliss and with this later short story collection in my bag.
As is often the case with a collection of short stories, there are certain tales that resonate more than others. The titular tale, in particular, is unforgettable and exquisitely delivered. My other favourite was Parker's Back -some people are just never happy no matter what extremes you go to in order to get their attention. Also, getting a tattoo to illicit a reaction out of someone is probably never a good idea.
I am exceedingly grateful to my friend Nicki for lending me her copy and I only wish I'd explored this little gem earlier. An added bonus is that I can tick off another book from my 1001 list. 5 out of 5 tasty little morsels.