“Approaching God, inch by inch,” review in U.S. Catholic

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I’ve long admired Nick Ripatrazone’s writing so was thrilled to see him review The Book of Hulga for U.S. Catholic. He singled out the poem “Phenomenology of Sow” as a poem that “contains lines that capture O’Connor’s uncanny ability to find grace in the messiest moments.” I was pleased by that because I almost left the poem out of the book. The only thing he gets wrong is partially my fault–he allowed that Hulga is a reasonable assumption for the “angular intellectual proud woman” in the novel O’Connor didn’t live long enough to write. In a later letter, she clarified this woman wasn’t her or Simone Weil exactly: “My heroine already is, and is Hulga.”