TCC Reads: Parker’s Back by Flannery O’Connor

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The great American writer, Flannery O’Connor, was born into a Catholic family in Georgia, in 1925. She is known for her ironic, subtly allegorical fiction about deceptively backward Southern characters, who undergo transformations, often through pain, violence, or ludicrous religious behavior in pursuit of the holy. O’Connor often portrayed her characters as touched by divine grace. She once remarked:

“When people have told me that because I am a Catholic, I cannot be an artist, I have had to reply, ruefully, that because I am a Catholic, I cannot afford to be less than an artist.”

She wrote her final short story, Parker’s Back, while she was in the hospital dying of lupus. It was published in her last collection Everything That Rises Must Converge. Read Parker’s Back, the story of a man covered with meaningless tattoos who has a life changing experience and gets “God” tattooed on his back only to be shunned by Christians here: Parker’s Back by Flannery O’Connor. Or read it in its entirety after the jump:

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