Our critics discuss John Cheever and Flannery O'Connor.

Our critics discuss John Cheever and Flannery O'Connor.

Our critics discuss John Cheever and Flannery O'Connor.

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June 18 2009 11:10 AM

The Audio Book Club on John Cheever and Flannery O'Connor

Our critics discuss "The Swimmer" and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find."

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This month, the Audio Book Club looks at "The Swimmer" by John Cheever and " A Good Man Is Hard To Find"by Flannery O'Connor, two classic American stories with Gothic inflections.

If you'd like to get an early start on the next book club selection, pick up a copy of Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese. Watch for—and listen to—our discussion of Thy Neighbor's Wife in July.

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Meghan O’Rourke is Slate’s culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at the New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother’s death, is now out in paperback.

Troy Patterson is Slate’s writer at large and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.