I have just read "The Habit of Being", letters written by Flannery O'Connor (see my review at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/87844086 ), so I thought I would now read some of the short stories she talks about in her letters.************While I did not read all of the short stories in this book, I did read the majority of the ones Flannery talks at length about in her letters. "A Good Man is Hard to Find", "The River", "The Life You Save May Be Your Own", "The Artificial Nigger" (which Flannery thought was her best short story), "Everything that Rises Must Converge", etc.I found that I disliked reading her short stories MUCH less than reading her novels, so I think getting to know Flannery as a person by reading her letters was a wise move for me. Perhaps I am ready to hit one of the novels again and see if I understand it better.While the subject matter in the short stories can still be difficult for me to read, I have learned to look now for the "moment of grace" in each story. It is sometimes there where I can find it, and I can now see and appreciate what she is building the stories toward, instead of camping on my personal dislike of the subject.