Mystery and Manners
Flannery O'Connor speaks great words of wisdom about who a writer is and what his/her purpose should be within the realm of regional, national and world literature. Published in 1961, Mystery and Manners is an essential guide for anyone who calls him/herself a writer, or ever intends to.
Kent Haruf's Plainsong tells the story of a struggling single father, a distant mother, a pregnant teen and a set of older brothers who decide to open their lives to change and to love. By the end of the story, this group of people in Holt, Colorado, come together in an unexpected, beautiful way.