He named his favorite story collections for The Week. One title on the list:
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17).Read about the other five books on McInerney's list.
If Hemingway was influential, O’Connor was inimitable. She writes like an Old Testament prophet transplanted to South Georgia. The atmospherics are hot and humid, but her vision is ice-cold, the violence leavened with black humor and occasional glimpses of grace.