Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor

By on June 25, 2017

Yesterday, I featured 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories and I mentioned how through that collection I was able to discover new writers of short fiction. Flannery O’Connor (1925 – 1964) is one of them. In her somewhat short life, Ms. O’Connor was able to share her craft with the world, covering harsh and real topics like race and family. Here is an extract from ‘The Comforts of Home

Thomas loved his mother. He loved her because it was his nature to do so, but there were times when he could not endure her love for him. There were times when it became nothing but pure idiot mystery and he sense about him forces, invisible currents entirely out of his control. She proceeded always from the tritest of considerations – it was the nice thing to do – into the most foolhardy engagements with the devil, whom, of course, she never recognized.